On Tuesday morning, I was with Doug Maw at the Bank of England to bring the petition of 129,625 signatures asking to remove tallow from £5 bank notes. Tallow is a substance made from fat animal. The Bank explains that using it the new note is stronger than the previous ones, lasting around five years longer. However, as explained by Doug in the letter added to the petition: “The new £5 notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans & vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in the UK. We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.” Indeed a few hours later, Trupti Patel from the Hindu Forum of Britain, told the BBC: “Using a non-vegetarian source is totally and utterly unacceptable. In this country we spend so much time and effort on interfaith matters, so much time and effort on being sensitive to each other’s needs and then, all of a sudden, out of the blue, without any consultation, these notes come out with traces of non-vegetarian material. ” The BBC also reported that some British Hindu leaders are discussing a possible ban on the notes from temples.
The Bank of England is trying to find solution. We will continue to follow the case!