Britain's new plastic five-pound notes have fallen foul of thousands of people who object to the use of animal fats in their manufacture. As Hayley Platt reports, an online petition against the notes has received support from more than 116,000 so far.
It was designed to make counterfeiting harder. But Britain's new plastic five pound note hasn't been welcomed by everyone. It's got traces of tallow, a substance used in candles and soap that contains animal fats. That discovery has upset some vegetarians, vegans and religious groups. More than 116,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the contents of the notes to be changed. And the Bank of England says its supplier Innovia is now working on "potential solutions". (SOUNDBITE) (English) CMC MARKETS ANALYST, JASPER LAWLER, SAYING: "Mark Carney does put the image across of being a festival goer, someone who might be more considerate of these kind of things then maybe perhaps its predecessors, more of a new age governor of the Bank of England if you like. And if he is to live up to that image then I think these sort of things, they should have been considered beforehand." The new note was only introduced in September. And the BoE says it had no idea it contained any controversial ingredients. A new plastic 10-pound note is due out next year, featuring the "Pride and Prejudice", author Jane Austen. Every effort will no doubt be made to make sure its meat-free. ///