Far left-wing vegan politically correct liberal elite luvvies want £5 banned to protect their human rights. Petition launched for Bank of England to SCRAP new £5 notes because they contain animal fat!
- Angry leftist luvvie vegans are calling on the Bank of England to scrap the new £5 note
- Follows revelation notes contain tallow, a substance made from animal fat
- Bank of England confirmed this was case in response to a Twitter question
- Petition signed by 13,500 people has been created to have tallow removed
Left-wing vegans and liberal elite luvvie vegetarians are calling on the Bank of England to scrap the new £5 note after it was revealed to contain traces of animal fat.
Responding to a question on Twitter, the UK’s central bank confirmed that the notes contain tallow, a substance made from animal fat often used in soap and candles.
This could potentially set a new precedent where everything that contains animal fat that comes into contact with the public could be removed in the interest of vegan and vegetarian luvvie human rights and another example where the minority holds sway over the majority interests.
Restaurants and establishments that serve meat could even be required to have (vegan areas) that are screened off from the other main public eating areas to protect vegans from possible contamination from meat particles floating in the air that could be breathed in by vegans, similar to traffic fumes or smoke fumes.
Veganism and Vegetarianism has been widely accepted as wrong, but this still does not stop the holier than thou left-wing liberal elite luvvies from launching yet more campaigns just to cause disruption and inconvenience to the general public.
Many believe that these people are a branch of the (left-wing professional protesters) who choose to campaign over anything and everything in order to cause major disruption.
The recent Heathrow protesters are thought to belong to the same group.
The news sparked outrage among vegans and vegetarians, leading to the creation of a petition calling on the Bank of England to remove tallow from the new polymer notes, released in September.
Doug Maw, of Keswick in Cumbria, started the petition, which has garnered more than 13,500 signatures, and said he has been left ‘disgusted’.
‘I understand old notes contain stuff as well – we can’t do anything about what is in circulation – but the fact they are producing new ones is what really riles me,’ he said.
‘There is no excuse for it. There has got to be other ways of making money without using animal products.’
The 47-year-old hotel worker, who has been a vegan for 20 years, said he will ‘absolutely’ be boycotting and ‘refusing’ the new notes.
Thousands have signed the petition since its creation on Monday. Mr Maw said he was ‘surprised’ by how many people have committed their name to it.
‘I don’t think anything will happen about what has already been made, but I just hope they produce new ones without using animal fats,’ he said.
‘It is the Bank of England – can’t they come up with something a little bit more modern? Now there’s a huge amount of people that eat a plant-based diet or are vegan. They are not just disrespecting a tiny minority.’
On the use of tallow, he said: ‘It is incredibly disrespectful – we have no choice with money. We have to use it. They issue it through ATMs and hand them to us in shops.
‘If we refuse them and they haven’t got anything else, what are we going to do? Basically, we are being forced to have animal products on us.’
He said he has started a second petition on the UK Government petition site, which is awaiting authorisation, in a bid to get the issue debated and addressed.
The controversy erupted after a member of the public, Steffi Rox, tweeted the Bank of England’s official Twitter account, asking: ‘Is it true the new £5 notes contain tallow?’
The bank responded, posting: ‘@SteffiRox there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pellets used in the base substrate of the polymer £5 notes’
It led to an angry backlash online, with Ms Rox first tweeting back: ‘What consideration was given to #vegans & their human rights in the making of these?’
Another user wrote: ‘I can’t believe the £5 notes have beef tallow in them. Something like 8% of the population are vegetarian. How did this happen?’
Amanda Tuchscherer added: ‘I think it’s ok for people to be upset about the new £5 containing tallow. Surely in 2016 an animal-free alternative exists?’
Another user wrote: ‘How many new £5 notes are produced every day ? Month ? Year ? That’s a lot of #tallow speechless #govegan.’
Jon Cole-Dalton tweeted: ‘Petition to remove tallow from the new polymer £5 banknotes. Baffling that this needs to be a thing. Go and sign.’
And Fi Brown added: ‘So it seems the new £5 contains tallow, ergo is an issue for vegans & vegetarians. Why could an animal friendly solution not have been found.’
Not everyone was as critical, however, with one user tweeting: ‘Are people really refusing to use/accept the new £5 notes b/c of the TRACE amount of tallow found in them? Talk about picking your battles.’
A spokesman from the Bank of England said: ‘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.’
Earlier this year it was revealed that the number of vegans in Britain had risen by more than 360 per cent over the past decade, according to a survey.
The poll of almost 10,000 people, carried out by Ipsos MORI in for the Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine, showed record numbers of people avoiding food derived from animals.
Some 542,000 people aged 15 or over – more than one per cent of the population – have adopted a plant-based diet, up from 150,000 in 2006.
It led the Vegan Society to claim that the survey was proof veganism is now one of Britain’s ‘fastest growing lifestyle movements’.