Thousands of people sign petition to have the new five pound note changed after discovering it contains tallow.
Tallow, described as a “hard fatty substance made from rendered animal fat”, was used to make the plastic polymer that cover the new note.
Since being introduced in September, the new note has gained public attention due to the fact that they do not tear, you can pour water them and some were sold on Ebay for £460.
Vegans and vegetarians are united in their disgust that the new notes are not suitable for them.
The petition, started on change.org and has gathered 40,000 signatures so far, states, “We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.”
Unhappy people have posted taken to Twitter to air their grievances:
The Bank of England responded to the uproar by saying, “We can confirm that the polymer pellet from which the base substrate is made contains a trace of a substance known as tallow.”
Currently there are no plans to change the notes or create a new recipe for them.