A petition against the new £5 note stated that tallow on the new polymer £5 notes which comes from animal fat was “unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK”. A number of Sikhs and Hindus had also called for the notes to 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. Whereas practising Sikhs are strict vegetarians.
Well the petition hasn’t swayed the Bank of England with the new £5 notes and the forthcoming new £10 notes continuing to have traces of animal fat on them.
Ah, there’s good old Winston Churchill on one side.