Vegans, which I take to be the fancy name for what we used to call vegetarians, aren’t happy either.
Too bad the new British currency wasn’t cooked up with pork fat. It might make some Muslims leave.
The Bank of England says its supplier is working on “potential solutions” to the issue of animal fat in its new £5 notes.
The Bank said the problem “had only just come to light” and it was treating the concerns with “utmost seriousness”.
Vegans have expressed anger because the new polymer fiver contains a small amount of tallow, which is derived from animal waste products.
A petition to ban the note has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.
The tallow is used in an early stage of the production process and is “an extremely small amount”, the Bank said.
“We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new £5 note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness,” its statement said.
A number of Sikh and Hindus have also urged the notes be banned from temples, where meat products are forbidden.
Hindus believe cows are holy and sacred, and many do not wear shoes or carry bags made from the skin of cattle that has been slaughtered. Practising Sikhs are strict vegetarians.
The response from the UK’s Hindu and Sikh communities began to gather pace after vegans and vegetarians voiced their feelings on social media on Tuesday.