Composed of animal fat, the new 50-pound note creates controversy in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the issue of new 50 pound notes, made in part of animal fat, outrages the vegan and religious communities.

Like the European Central Bank, the United Kingdom has been working for several years to reissue its banknotes. More resistant and less falsifiable, new denominations of 5, 10 and 20 pounds sterling have been in free circulation across the Channel since 2016. It is now around the 50 pound note to get a facelift, relays. A most innocuous technical adjustment? Nothing is less sure. The composition of this new ticket is far from unanimous. Following rumors shared on Twitter, the banking institution has confirmed that the new £50 note, like previous denominations, contains 0.05% tallow, a component obtained by melting animal fat. A revelation experienced as an affront to vegans and certain religious communities.

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“It’s problematic that in our society we continue to believe that we can use animals as we see fit,” said Dominika Piasecka, spokesperson for The Vegan Society, before adding: “However, we hope this example will encourage other companies to review and eliminate the use of animals from their products”. Three years ago, the issue of 5-pound notes had aroused the same emotion. Satish Sharma, general secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples, had told The Independent that the bank was “completely ignoring” the concerns of its community. He went on to reveal that members of his community would be hit with a ‘crisis of conscience’ as they would have to choose between suffering a ‘financial shock’ by not using the tickets or going against their beliefs. moral and religious.

A file on Change.org had reached more than 138,000 signatures by late Friday afternoon. It reads: “The new five pound notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to the millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK. We ask that you (the Bank of England, editor’s note) stop using animal products in the production of the currency that we use”.

Despite the new controversy, the Bank of England will not reconsider its decision. For good reason, the only credible alternative to the use of animal fats would be the, which the institution categorically refuses to use for environmental reasons. In addition, the replacement of current banknotes would cost nearly 16.5 million pounds over ten years, enough to close the debate definitively.

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