TruthFal’s Josh Walker looks into the uproar of the new £5 note, which contains traces of animal fat. Is it really that big of an issue?

The term ‘fat wallet’ has a completely new meaning to it now, doesn’t it?

It has come to light by the Bank of England in the last week that the newly-released polymer £5 note contains traces of animal fat, including tallow, a rendered form of beef fat often used to make soap and candles.

Vegans up and down the United Kingdom have not taken the news very well and are aggravated over the use of animal products to produce the notes.

Scott Wrigley, President of the FXU Vegetarian and Vegan society at Falmouth University, told Truthfal: “Introducing a £5 note that contains animal products is disrespectful for vegans, vegetarians and those who are opposed to animal slaughter.

“Some have suggested that because only a fraction of the £5 notes is made with animal products that the outrage is unjustified, but I think this mind-set distracts from the fact that including any animal product is completely unnecessary.

“We had a perfectly acceptable £5 note in circulation that didn’t require any slaughter.”

A petition, entitled ‘Remove Tallow from bank notes’, was launched at the start of this week which argues against using the product in money production. The petition that states that the use of animal products in money is “unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK”, has now reached over 120,000 signatures.

Some other e-petitions regarding animal issues seem to have less signatures than this one at the time of writing:

A petition to end all badger culling in the UK currently has only 63,000 signatures and more shockingly, the petition to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty has only 53,000.

Aren’t these worse petitions than this one, which deals with just a small new bank note, made to be stronger, cleaner and safer?

Some angry vegans on Twitter have even been threatening to boycott the £5 note and the upcoming £10 and £20 notes that will also be made using tallow. As if that’s going to make a big difference to society.

Even the pioneer of the polymer bank note (the 10-dollar banknote in Australia to be precise) has even said that it’s stupid the vegetarians and vegans are protesting over the note.

Despite this ridiculous debate, vegans have ranted about this so much in the last week, but have not considered in their rant how much cattle actually goes into making these bank notes…

An article from Vice magazine gives a precise calculation of how many cows are actually being murdered to make the new fivers, and from research, only one!

While it is estimated that 2.6 million cattle are being murdered for consumption purposes in the UK, just one (yes, one) of them are being used on the 329 million new £5 notes that have been produced since its inception in September 2016.

In my personal opinion, I reckon vegans and vegetarians alike are making a big deal out of this situation and it’s a big kerfuffle about nothing.

Surely these five pound notes will not cause any harm unless we have them for our evening dinner or as a lunchtime snack.

Now please, less of the beef!