New £5 notes contain animal fat
Why? What’s the point? Sadly, the Bank of England have confirmed that the new £5 notes contain animal fat.
The Bank of England said in a statement “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.”
— Emma Mendes da Costa (@emxme) November 29, 2016
Twitter users have understandably been outraged. It’s 2016 and people still think it’s okay to exploit animals for taste, fashion and everyday objects. What’s the point? We have so many alternatives, it’s completely unnecessary.
One vegan interviewed by the Manchester Evening News said “In 2016 it’s really unnecessary to use animal products in bank notes. You don’t have a choice in one respect because it’s forced upon you.
You have to live in the real world and lots of other everyday items have some trace back to animal products. It doesn’t make it right by any means but there are alternatives that could have been used.”
Tallow is derived from beef or mutton fat. Aka murdered cows and sheep, grim.
Let’s imagine that it’s fat derived from dead humans. Everyone would be outraged. Humans and animals are exactly the same. People’s compassion should be spread equally.
I know that animals are used in the production of tarmac and many other items. In the world we currently live in, it’s impossible to avoid animal products completely.
However, humans are meant to be evolving not devolving. Currently, many industries are working towards excluding animal products. You’d think that the Bank of England would have some sense to produce cruelty free money. Especially with the huge shift towards plant-based, vegetarianism and vegan lifestyles.
It would be nice to see the Bank of England make change and ensure the new £5 notes which contain animal fat are altered to be ethical and more eco-friendly.
Frankly, I don’t see it happening. It’s rare to see a government organisation care and make serious beneficial change but it’s always worth a try. Head over and sign this petition to get your voice heard.