Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) which is an umbrella group of Hindu organization and temples in UK has called Bank of England for withdrawing the newer 5 pound note from circulation as it is using animal fat.
HFB said that it was convinced that the move was not “malicious” but as a result of “ignorance” and has called for the notes to be made “Karma-free” at the earliest.
Shree Gauridas who is the spiritual commissioner of HFB and director of UK’s ISKCON temple says, “Saving and sharing wealth (the Goddess of fortune) in currency tainted by unnecessary harm to animals is somewhat of an oxymoron.
Petition for Note Removal from Britain:
Group is encouraging people for signing a petition which is calling for the withdrawal of the notes from Britain. It is mainly due to vegans and vegetarians continued to express outrage at the use of tallow, a substance which is derived from animal fat.
A petition titled “Remove tallow from bank notes” has gathered nearly 126,000 signatures. It will be delivered to Bank of England when it hits 150,000. Petition reads, “The new 5 pound notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans and vegetarians in the UK. We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.”
Newer notes having an image of Britain war time Prime Minister Winston Churchill has become a legal tender during September of this year.
Vegetarian Cafe from the University town of Cambridge is refusing to accept the newer notes. Sharon Meijland who is the owner of Rainbow Cafe has put up signs of warning customers about this policy.
Further adding she says, “Tallow’s an animal product isn’t it? Our whole business is based around not having anything like that on the premises. Although the same person doesn’t handle the money that handles the food, that’s not really the point.”
Bank of England says that it is now looking for ways of removing the substance from the supply chain. Spokesperson adding to the same says, “We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new five pound note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness.”
Meanwhile, the Australian pioneer of the polymer bank note says that its ‘stupid’ that vegetarians and vegans are protesting in UK regarding five pound polymer note which is containing animal fat.
Professor David Solomon says that polymer notes is containing trivial amounts of tallow, which is also used in candles and soap.
Further adding he says, “It’s stupid. It’s absolutely stupid. There’s trivial amounts of it in there. It picks up less drugs than paper notes and you don’t chop down trees. It’s more hygienic than a paper note by a long way.”