A vegan restaurant in Brixton will not accept payment with the new £5 note following the revelation that the notes are made with miniscule amounts of a substance derived from animal fats.
VegBar, on Tulse Hill, announced in a statement on social media: ‘As you guys may have heard the new five pound note contains animal fat! Making them non-vegan!’
‘To stay true to the cause we will no longer be accepting new five pound notes’.
The controversy emerged when it was discovered that ‘tallow’, a substance made from animal fat which is commonly used in the manufacture of some household products, like candles and soap, is found in the new fiver.
Animal rights group and religious objectors have reacted angrily to the news, and a petition calling for the removal of tallow from future fivers has over 130,000 signatures.
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