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The new plastic English banknote made with animal fat won't crumble as easily as the old paper one. (Photo: b33god/Flickr.)

Whether or not you find consuming animal meats and products immoral, this tidbit might puzzle you.

According to The Telegraph, the Bank of England has released a new £5 note made of polymer and traces of tallow, the stuff used in soaps, candles and sometimes flaky American biscuits. Naturally, English vegans and vegetarians took to Twitter to voice their disgust and dissatisfaction and drummed up a petition insisting that the fatty bill be discontinued. At the time this post was written, the petition had garnered over 16,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

The Telegraph reports that the plastic polymer pound is more durable than the previous paper note; however, no reason was given for there being animal fat.