New British £5 Notes Contain Meat: Hindus and Sikhs Up in Arms

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.

16 thoughts on “New British £5 Notes Contain Meat: Hindus and Sikhs Up in Arms

  1. Pingback: New British £5 Notes Contain Meat: Hindus and Sikhs Up in Arms | zooforyou

  2. Also remember all of our money passes through the greasy hands of pork butchers, sooner or later.

    And there isn’t a damned thing they can do about it.

  3. “Pork is the most widely consumed meat in the world. People eat many different pork products, such as bacon, sausage and pork chops. You might grill pork ribs in the summer, or you might enjoy a Christmas ham. A 250 pound market hog yields about 150 pounds of pork. In addition to pork, several valuable products come from swine (USDA, 2012). These include insulin for the regulation of diabetes, valves for human heart surgery, suede for shoes and clothing, and gelatin for foods and non-food uses. Swine by-products are also important parts of products such as water filters, insulation, rubber, antifreeze, certain plastics, floor waxes, crayons, chalk, adhesives and fertilizer (USDA, 2012). Lard is fat from pig abdomens and is used in shaving creams, soaps, make-up, baked goods and other foods. ”

    “water filters, insulation, rubber, antifreeze, certain plastics, floor waxes, crayons, chalk, adhesives and fertilizer” Impossible to avoid. We all drink water.

  4. I am not sure that all Hindus and Sikhs are vegetarians. I am confident that many are not. They just do not eat cows, which are Holy to them.
    Have the Hindus and Sikhs never heard the saying “There is no such thing as dirty money”.
    Has anyone checked the money in India for residues of animal fats? Does anybody in India care one way or another?
    Only the West must be perfect like some bullish Utopia where foreigners can have all their dreams come true – at the expense of the local taxpayers, who do not matter.

  5. I find it illuminating as to what the Bible says about vegans. It describes them as people who are weak in regards to the Christian faith and who have become legalistic because they fail to understand the true nature of their Creator and His grace…

    ” Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” – Romans 14: 1-4 (New KJV)

    In today’s global society, it is almost always the vegan who is critical and judgmental of the non-vegan and not the other way around. Most of us meat eaters aren’t bothered by vegans except for their attitudes. Our response to vegans is pretty straightforward. We basically say “Okay, vegans. So you don’t eat meat. No worries. See these teeth of mine? They are not flat like a cows teeth which are for chewing cud. They are multi-purpose teeth which include canines and incisors for ripping and tearing meat and ridged molars for grinding meat, grains, and vegetables. God put these teeth in my mouth so that I can enjoy meat among many other foods. So, if you don’t want to eat meat- that just means more Big Macs for me. But please lose the ignorant, self-righteous posturing. Thank you.”

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