The Bank of England are in hot water after it was emerged that animal fats play a part in the printing of its new £5 notes.
It is a revelation that has left vegetarians and vegans very unhappy, with close to 9,000 signing a Change.org petition calling for a change to the way the notes are made.
The controversial component in the new polymer notes is fallow, which is a form of animal fat and, as such, something that makes the new denominations wholly unsuitable to both veggies and vegies.
With just over 1,000 more signatures required before the petition is delivered to the Bank of England, it sounds like things could be about to get serious.
There has already been some suggestion that a boycott of the new £5 notes could be on the cards for some, which would prompt a surge in demand for £1 and £2 coins at the very least.
The Bank of England, for their part, appear nonplussed by this latest development with a spokeswoman offering up the following official line:
“We can confirm that the polymer pellet from which the base substrate is made contains a trace of a substance known as tallow.
“Tallow is derived from animal fats (suet) and is a substance that is also widely used in the manufacture of candles and soap.”
First released into the public sphere back in September, the new £5 notes have captured the imagination of plenty online.
Capable of playing vinyl records with, several eagle-eyed folk have even managed to get their hands of special £5 notes with special serial numbers that make them worth thousands of pounds.
The new £5 note can play vinyl records
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.