Vegetarians there are denouncing the plasticized currency that's being phased in:
An online petition against the notes, started by campaigner Doug Maw, was signed by more than 13,000 supporters in less than 24 hours.
"This is unacceptable to millions of vegans and vegetarians in the UK," Maw wrote in the online petition.
"We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use," the petition continued, adding that some religious groups may also object.
The Bank of England confirmed that tallow, which contains animal fats, is used in the production of the new currency, and said the substance was also commonly used in candles and soap.
"We can confirm that the polymer pellet from which the base substrate is made contains a trace of a substance known as tallow," a Bank spokeswoman said.
Presumably, the "millions of vegans and vegetarians" there don't wash much, which might explain a lot. It'd be amusing if Doug were to change his first name to "Gaping", but his type seem pretty humorless in general.
Note to Doug and friends: you're not supposed to eat the currency. Although you can feel free to eat your "demand".