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New five-pound notes which contain beef tallow create controversy in UK

While India is witnessing the currency crisis due to demonetisation of rupees 500 and rupees 1000 notes, England faces protest against their new five pound notes which contain beef tallow.

While India is witnessing the currency crisis due to demonetisation of rupees 500 and rupees 1000 notes, England faces protest against their new five pound notes which contain beef tallow.

The Bank of England, United Kingdom’s central bank, has itself revealed that their new five-pound notes which started to circulate in September this year, contain traces of beef tallow, a rendered form of meat or mutton fat that solidifies at room temperature.

Campaigns against new pounds have started earlier and it got intensified when The Bank of England tweeted.

An online petition has started to remove the tallow from new five-pound notes. “This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the U.K.,” reads the petition’s statement.

The announcement has sparked outrage amongst Hindus, Sikh, Jains and other religious minorities in the UK. Cows are believed to be holy in these religions; the slaughter and meat of cattle are sacrilegious.

 

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