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dateline: 30 November 2016

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UK’s New 5 Pound Note Contains Animal Fat

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • vegetarian: a person who does not eat meat
  • vegan: a person who does not eat or use animal products
  • circulation: the movement (spreading) of something in public
  • traces: small amounts
  • petition: a request for change that many people sign to support
  • temple: a religious place of worship
  • durable: long lasting; able to withstand heavy use

UK’s New 5 Pound Note Contains Animal Fat

Vegetarians and vegans across the UK were outraged to that the new five pound , which went into circulation this September, contains traces of animal fat from cows, sheep, or pigs. Since news about the contents of the new fiver, thousands of people have signed a petition asking for the notes to be . Some British Hindu leaders are considering banning the notes from temples because cows are sacred in the Hindu . Central banks in dozens of countries around the world have already switched to the same type of plastic (polymer) cash because it is much more durable than paper.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What are vegetarians and vegans upset about?
  2. Why does the report mention Hindu leaders?
  3. Why are many central banks switching to plastic (polymer) bank notes?

Discussion Questions: Do you still carry cash on an everyday basis? How long do you think it will be before physical currency is no longer in circulation in your country?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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