The campaigner behind a petition against the use of animal fat in plastic bank notes is threatening legal action over the Bank of England's decision to continue printing the notes.
Doug Maw, a vegan from Keswick, started a petition which has now been signed by more than 130,000 people.
He was invited to meet the Bank of England and discuss his concerns last month, however, the central bank has now said it will continue using the notes, as it would be too costly to replace them.
Mr Maw has said he is "angry" with the decision.
The fact that they've decided to go ahead and not withdraw and continue (circulating the notes), means they are forcing people who have religious and ethical objections to use something that's against their religious beliefs and their ethical beliefs.
I'm most definitely as of now looking at legal advice and we will definitely be bringing a test case against them because I'm pretty sure we will win it.
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The RSPB says Cumbria is one of the worst counties when it comes to the persecution of birds of prey.Read the full story ›
Cumbria is one of the worst counties in the UK for the persecution of birds of prey, according to the RSPB.
The charity's latest "Birdcrime" report says there were five confirmed incidents in the county in 2015, which included a poisoned buzzard and a poisoned peregrine.
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An Alpaca farmer near Keswick hopes his latest baby alpaca will become the first to walk up Catbells.
Milky Joe's fellow alpacas already lead tours around Derwentwater and have thousands of followers on social media.
A pet rescue centre in the Scottish Borders is warning of the dangers of buying pets online.
In the last two years it's seen a huge increase in the number of animals needing to be re-homed after being bought on the internet.
Those at the centre say there are no guarantees when people buy an animal without the appropriate information:
People don't know whether that animal's been vaccinated. Whether it's been spayed or neutered. They don't understand whether that animal's going to get bigger or smaller and not fit the space they have or be able to provide the exercise that animal needs and there'll be no home checks so there's many factors that we think need to be considered before you take on a pet.
These simple guidelines from gov.uk can help you choose wisely when buying a pet:
- Buy your animal from a reputable supplier – advice on buying a dog or cat is available from a range of animal organisations, such as Dog Advisory Council, Kennel Club, the Dogs Trust and the RSPCA
- Check the animal’s history by speaking to a previous owner – if you are buying a puppy or kitten, you should ask to see it with its mother and the rest of the litter.
- View the animal and its documentation before you buy – if it was born outside the UK it must have either a pet passport or a veterinary certificate. The pet passport needs to confirm that it was vaccinated against rabies at the correct age, according to the manufacturer’s data sheet (normally at three months of age). For dogs, the passport should also show that it has been treated for tapeworm.
- If you have any doubts about an animal speak to your vet before agreeing to buy it.