dirty money

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The Bank of England has decided to stick to plastic banknotes despite complaints from vegans and religious groups that they contain tallow, an animal byproduct.

A row broke out over the use of animal fat in the new plastic fiver last November, and a petition was launched calling for the use of tallow to be stopped.

The petition said the use of animal fat was “unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK”. Some Hindu temples in the UK banned the £5 note. [story]

Sepoy Mutiny of 1857

The mutiny of the Sepoy (native troops in the British army) began on May 10, 1857, when Indian soldiers who had been placed in irons for refusing to accept new cartridges were rescued by their comrades. The greased cartridges had to be bitten off before use, and the manufacturers had supplied a fat of beef and pork – repulsive to both Hindus and Moslems. [ref]

Woo, good thing militant vegetarians and Jews in the British Army didn’t get involved, too.

(What? Nope, dunno what credit card plastic is made from; but if it includes unsustainable/fair-trade petroleum, genetically modified stuff, red dye #6, Israel-made stuff, or gluten, then the the world economy is in trouble.)


  1. mech
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 1:56 pm |

    Is Square or Samsung pay or apple pay gluten free or made from free range electrons?

    Are the euro coins made of conflict free pot metal?

  2. neal
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm |

    If I coat my bullets with some lard, will that make them scary bullets?
    Asking for a friend.

  3. Fat Baxter
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm |

    Meh. Make acceptance of the money a condition of citizenship. That should weed out some undesirables.

    More fun: Modify some crop dusters for nighttime ops.

    Fly them low over Muslim population centers at night, here or overseas, spraying a dilute mixture of water and pork juice.

    Tell ‘em about it later.

    Or, just fly the planes around without spraying anything, but say that you did. Just to mess with their minds.

    Hey, you gotta make up your own fun as you go along.

  4. Posted August 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm |

    In addition, think of the outrage if the English banknotes had God save the Queen on them? BTW, I saw an article today (can’t find it now) that said vegans were far more likely to suffer from depression. Makes sense to me. I can’t imagine the horror of never eating a hamburger, steak or good pork chop. It would be awful, and I’d be depressed.

  5. DougM (flawed chap)
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm |

    ^ I think it’s just that most people ain’t buyin’ their most cherished belief.
    The rejection must be horrible for someone whose self-image is so heavily dependent on virtue signaling.

  6. Another Bob
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm |

    Some European countries have deployed “cash sniffing” dogs.
    I wonder if this has something to do with that.

  7. Daemon
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm |

    …and US banknotes contain the flesh of Gossypium hirsutum. Just don’t indulge in pecuniaphagy and you should be fine. The gods told me so.

    Sometimes it gets difficult to tell the difference between religious observance and virtue signaling. Sometimes it’s both.

  8. Bruce
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm |

    Re. the “Sepoy / indian Mutiny:

    Was it not the case that the bullet lube was actually from sheep, (mutton fat) and the whole affair was actually a beat up by local political activists?

    Besides which, the whole caper of pork products being to mooselimbs as garlic is to vampires, is wildly overestimated.

    They have plenty of “outs” in their handbook; see the 9-11 aircrews’ party-animal behaviour before their last big tilt at scoring an after-life’s time of perpetual virgins.