The Bank of England has revealed that the plastic £5 notes that went into circulation earlier this year contain tallow, a substance derived from beef or mutton fat.
The unexpected bit of news was revealed on Twitter, thanks to questioning from vegan user Steffi Rox.
@SteffiRox there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pellets used in the base substrate of the polymer £5 notes
— Bank of England (@bankofengland) November 28, 2016
Unsurprisingly, lots of people -- including vegetarians and vegans, of course, some of whom may or may not have accidentally sniffed up meat essences while snorting powdered substances through a makeshift plastic £5 tube -- are both baffled about the use of tallow in currency in 2016 and pissed off that the Bank of England decided to keep that particular detail so well-hidden for so long.
The special brand of meat eaters that have very little else to say beyond “Vegetables are bad” and "You don't make friends with salad", meanwhile, are reacting with unbridled joy.
An angry petition is currently racking up signatures on Change.org.
“The new £5 notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow,” it reads. “This is unacceptable to millions of vegans & vegetarians in the U.K. We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.” [Telegraph]