Hindu temples ban new 5 pound ‘non-veg’ notes in UK
A number of Hindu temples in the UK have decided to ban the new five-pound notes as it contains traces of animal fat.
It was found last week that these notes contain tallow, which comes from beef or mutton fat, triggering anger among vegetarians and religious groups.
Now the Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of the UK’s largest Hare Krishna temples in Hertfordshire, southern England, posted a photo of a sign to Facebook which said: “We no longer accept the new five pound notes as they contain animal fat. Apologies for the inconvenience”.The National Council of Hindu Temples said in a statement that the new note “ceases to be a simple medium of exchange but becomes a medium for communicating pain and suffering and we would not want to come into contact with it”.
While it is unclear exactly how many temples have imposed a clear, the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB), an umbrella body of Hindu organisations, had issued a statement over the weekend saying they were urging people to sign a petition to withdraw the notes and avoid its use in donations.
Tarang Shelat, president of the Hindu Council of Birmingham - which is part of HFB, said: “It is important that we do make our views known in the strongest terms to the relevant authorities”.
Through ignorance they may not be aware of offence it is causing us as Hindus.