The bumbling move by the Bank of England has successfully managed to infuriate not only Hindus, Jains, and Shikhs this time around, but they have also earned the ire of vegetarians and vegans. The backlash from vegetarians and vegans has grown to be increasingly vocal on social media. The outrage has also given many feminists the opportunity to reprise their grievance against the Bank of England featuring Churchill on the note instead of Elizabeth Fry, a social reformer. Protesters have launched a petition on Change.org demanding the tallow be removed from the £5 notes. It has garnered nearly 20,000 supporters as of this report being written. As of yet, Bank of England has not responded to anything other than queries to confirm whether the note actually contained animal fat. The note’s sturdy build makes it unlikely to be scrapped in face of opposition.
@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