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Cumbrian man loses bid to ban animal fat in pound notes

140,000 people signed by petition via Change.org Credit: ITV Border

A former Cumbrian hotel worker who tried to stop animal fat being used in the new five pound notes, says he's disappointed that the Bank of England has decided to continue with the process.

Doug Maw, who's vegan, says his next step is a demonstration outside the Bank of England on 14 September 2017 - the day the new £10 goes into circulation:

The Bank of England are supposed to represent all of the British public. Their decision to continue using animal parts in the manufacture of polymer notes shows this to be untrue. 140,000 people signed by petition via Change.org and 88% of respondents to the Bank’s own consultation wanted animal parts removing, a process the Bank acknowledge they can do. The largest economy in the world (the USA) don’t use animal parts in their money so why should we?"

– Doug Maw

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Bank note campaigner invited to Parliament

Tallow is used in the £5 notes. Credit: PA

A man from Keswick who set up a petition against the use of animal fat in new plastic bank notes, has been invited to a meeting in Parliament.

Doug Maw, who is a vegan, will speak to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism.

His petition - against the use of tallow in the notes - has been signed by more than 130,000 people.

Recently he met representatives of the Bank of England, and after the meeting he spoke to ITV Border:

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