Bangor’s Voltaire restau­rant re­fus­ing new £5 notes be­cause of an­i­mal fat

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A VE­GAN restau­rant is re­fus­ing to ac­cept new £5 notes as they con­tain an­i­mal prod­uct.

Rachael Phoenix, the owner of Voltaire in Bangor, has taken the stand af­ter it emerged that the new notes con­tain tal­low, a ren­dered form of an­i­mal fat.

The rev­e­la­tion has caused anger with many ve­gans and veg­e­tar­i­ans, with a pe­ti­tion started to get the Bank of Eng­land to make changes to the note.

Rachael said: “Af­ter dis­cus­sions over the week­end we de­cided that we will not be ac­cept­ing the £5 at the restau­rant.

“We are 100% ve­gan so we re­ally need to ob­ject to the use of tal­low in our money too, it’s crazy to think that in this day and age it would be al­lowed.”

She said she “had to take a stand” and cus­tomers had sup­ported the de­ci­sion.

On their Facebook page, Rachael wrote: “We have de­cided not to ac­cept the notes here at Voltaire as a stand against us­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts in our ev­ery­day nec­es­sary prod­ucts.

“Thank you to all our won­der­ful cus­tomers who have been so sup­port­ive in our deci- sion.

“We do hope that this does not cause too much in­con­ve­nience.”

The pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing that the £5 notes are changed to be suit­able for veg­e­tar­i­ans has now at­tracted more than 150,000 sig­na­tures.

Bank of Eng­land of­fi­cials have an­nounced that In­novia, the com­pany that sup­plies it with poly­mer pel­lets that go into the notes, is work­ing on “po­ten­tial so­lu­tions” to the problem.

Rachael Phoenix from Voltaire, Garth Road, Bangor, who is re­fus­ing to ac­cept the new £5 notes be­cause they con­tain an­i­mal prod­ucts

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