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lon­don» The Bank of Eng­land’s new plas­tic 5-pound note is stronger, cleaner and safer — but ap­par­ently not suit­able for veg­e­tar­i­ans.

Ve­g­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans are call­ing for the new bank notes, which have been in cir­cu­la­tion for only two months, to be re­placed be­cause they are made with a sub­stance de­rived from an­i­mal fat.

The Bank of Eng­land con­firmed on Twit­ter that the notes con­tain “a trace of a sub­stance known as tal­low” — a ren­dered form of an­i­mal fat, pro­cessed from suet, which is some­times used in soaps and can­dles.

An on­line pe­ti­tion against the notes says the use of tal­low is “un­ac­cept­able to mil­lions of ve­g­ans, veg­e­tar­i­ans, Hin­dus, Sikhs, Jains and oth­ers in the U.K.”

The Bank of Canada says its bank notes also have tal­low, ac­cord­ing to a CBC re­port.

A Bank of Eng­land em­ployee shows the new 5-pound note.

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