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Hindu temples ban new 5-pound notes in UK for containing animal fat

Amid reports that the new five-pound notes contain traces of animal fat, a number of Hindu temples in the UK have decided not to accept it.

India TV News Desk, London [ Updated: December 05, 2016 18:55 IST ]
Hindu temples ban new 5-pound notes in UK for containing animal fat

Amid reports that the new five-pound notes contain traces of animal fat, a number of Hindu temples in the UK have decided not to accept it, a PTI report said on Monday.

According to the report, it was found last week that these new notes contain tallow, which comes from beef or mutton fat, triggering anger among vegetarians and religious groups. 

The National Council of Hindu Temples said in a statement that the new note "ceases to be a simple medium of exchange but becomes a medium for communicating pain and suffering and we would not want to come into contact with it". 

While it is unclear exactly how many temples have imposed a clear ban, the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB), an umbrella body of Hindu organisations, had issued a statement over the weekend saying they were urging people to sign a petition to withdraw the notes and avoid its use in donations. 

Tarang Shelat, president of the Hindu Council of Birmingham - which is part of HFB, said: "It is important that we do make our views known in the strongest terms to the relevant authorities". 

Through ignorance they may not be aware of offence it is causing us as Hindus. 

"It is also important to mention that in our place of worship, animal based products are strictly forbidden and this would have a drastic effect on our collection boxes as 5 pound will not be allowed as donation," the petition titled 'Remove Tallow from bank notes' had clocked nearly 130,000 signatures. It will be delivered to the Bank of England when it hits 150,000. 

 

It reads: "The new 5 pound notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans & vegetarians in the UK. We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use".

The new notes with an image of Britain's war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill became legal tender in September this year.

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