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.
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."
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