Bank of England will look at making new five pound note vegan-friendly
The Bank of England has said it is looking to make the new £5 note vegan-friendly following a backlash over the use of animal fat in the new cash.
More than 114,000 people have signed a petition, outraged at the use of animal products in the new note.
The news sparked outrage among scores of vegans and vegetarians who said it was ‘unnecessary’, ‘vile’ and ‘disgusting’ to use the substance tallow, which is derived from animal fat.
In a statement released on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Bank of England said: “We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new five pound note.
“We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness.
“This issue has only just come to light, and the Bank did not know about it when the contract was signed.
“Information recently provided by our supplier, Innovia, and its supply chain shows that an extremely small amount of tallow is used in an early stage of the production process of polymer pellets, which are then used to create the base substrate for the five pound note.
“Innovia is now working intensively with its supply chain and will keep the Bank informed on progress towards potential solutions.”
The news angered many, with thousands of people across Greater Manchester outraged at the use of tallow in the note.
Dan Grundy, a member of the High Carb Vegan Manchester group, said he was furious.
He said: “I won’t touch them and have refused to take the £5 note from shop keepers asking for change instead.
“Ethically, once again our vegan community has been overlooked and sidelined.
“It’s the same story though and not a surprise as the animal industry constantly finds ways to distribute its disgusting trade into everyday lives.”
Mike Rigby, a member of the Manchester Vegan and Vegetarian Group, said he’d been asking the Bank of England for answers over earlier suspicions tallow was being used for six weeks.
He added: “Given the years of consultation, research and development that went into this, I’m amazed that no affected groups, such as muslims or vegans, have piped up until now, when it’s far too late to do anything about it.”