The bank admitted using the material on Twitter. Mark "Carnivore" Carney has not yet waded into a debate that is giving a whole new meaning to the term "Capitalist Pigs".
Carney famously rubbed salt in the wound when he dipped the new £5 note in the remains of a dead animal at a food stall in the City of London (pictured above). It's like he doesn't even care.
The spat started when a tweeter going by the name Annie Walker asked: "Hey @bankofengland can you please confirm if it is true that the new £5 contain animal fat (Tallow). This is a real cause for concern."
The Bank of England responded, sparking a vicious Twitter argument.
Hi Annie, 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
The Vegans of Luton responded, saying: "This is disgraceful."
Connie Weatherill said: "this is disgraceful! How is this legal?!"
To which a man called Mark replied:
Maybe because using animal products is legal? Just a hunch though.— Mark (@Mark_Ingoe) November 29, 2016
The argument has now moved on to its logical conclusion; a change.org petition has been launched, by a Doug Mauw, apparently from Hawes.
The petition reads: "The new £5 notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the U.K.
"We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use."
The petition now has 12,781 vocal supporters.
Jeannie Ford, London, UK, wrote on the comment feed: "I DON'T WANT ANIMAL PRODUCTS IN BANK NOTES."
Martha McCoss, also from London, wrote: "Surely theres substitutes and materials that can do the exact same thing, even before i was vegan id think what the f*** why is this needed!"