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A vegan café in London’s Soho has pledged to boycott the new £10 note due to its animal fat content.
The manager of plant-based eatery Vegan Hippo announced that they won’t be accepting the new plastic note – which contains an animal-derived substance called tallow – that went into circulation today.
Vegan Hippo doesn’t accept the £5 banknote either, because of the same reason.
‘Against our values’
Manager Gosia Piskulak told the Evening Standard paper that ‘it will be hard’ to stick to their animal rights values, considering the £20 plastic banknote – that also contains the animal fat – will be introduced in 2020.
“It’s really bad. We don’t accept the £5 note, we won’t accept the £10 note,” said Piskulak. “But soon it will be trouble, we won’t be able to accept any notes.
“It is hard. But it’s against our values.”
A spokesperson for The Vegan Society commented: “Tallow being present in £10 banknotes that have entered circulation today is disappointing to the UK’s fast-growing vegan community, who for strongly-held ethical reasons aim to live without the use of animal products.”
The Bank of England has previously launched a public consultation, which found that 88 percent of people are against using animal-derived products, while 48 percent objects to the use of the alternative solution, palm oil.
Their statement said: “The Bank has had to balance these responses against its other public duties and priorities, as well as the other evidence gathered over the past months.”