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Vegan To Take Bank Of England To Court Over Polymer Notes

Doug Maw says that he is going to take his battle against the use of animal products in Bank of England polymer notes to the courts.

Maw started a petition to ‘get animals out of our money’ through Change.org which received over 140,000 signatures and generated support for the removal of tallow from British currency.

“The Bank’s decision to produce all future notes in the same way is an insult not just to vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, it is an insult to anyone who believes either that animals are not here for us to use or anyone who believes that people should not be discriminated against due to their ethical or religious views,” Maw said in a statement.

Maw continued: “I have handed them a petition, had meetings with them, persuaded them to open a consultation (88% of their respondents were against this continued use), held peaceful demonstrations outside the Bank, and encouraged a campaign to write on and cut the new notes. They have decided to ignore everything and all the advice they were given on a straw man argument about cost. They claim changing would cost them £1.65 million a year over 10 years. This from a Bank that has printed £78 billion over the last year to artificially hold interest rates and consequently devalue the pound!

“I am confident that the Bank’s decision is going to cost them much more in the long run as they are in breach of articles 9 & 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. I have had significant interest from barristers interested in taking up my case and I have meetings with my preferred choice over the coming weeks. She has an impressive record in cases against governments and multinational corporations.

“I won’t let this go and the Bank should consider their position very carefully instead of continuing to waste money printing illegal money that will have to be withdrawn. I encourage people to support my campaign and ensure that legal steps can be taken to the highest level in order to prove to the Bank that they cannot ignore the beliefs of millions of their users, forcing them to handle items that conflict with their beliefs.”

Maw has started a crowdfunder to open legal proceedings.

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2 Comments

  1. Doug Maw on October 5, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Thank you so much for highlighting this Campaign

  2. wayne rees on October 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Let me know if I can help, i am furious at the BOE, I asked my solicitor his opinion, this is what he said,

    Hi Wayne,

    Just got back from a holiday in France.

    I wonder what legal advice was obtained by the Vegan Society. I see it has decided not to take any legal action against the Treasury Solicitor. ( In 1998 the Bank of England became an independent public organisation owned by the Treasury Solicitor on behalf of the Government ). Instead, to work with the Bank in getting the £20 note tallow free.

    Odd that the Bank’s email to you refers only to their obligations under the Equality Act 2010. My view is that this is an issue as to whether there is a breach of Article 9 of the Human Rights Act. See attachment. Given the reasons outlined by the Bank in continuing with the £5 and £10 notes, it will argue that its action is lawful because it is acting proportionately.

    Unlike the example in the attachment of requiring people to swear on a religious text and providing alternatives, it is disproportionate to do so in the case of currency notes. That ties in with the Bank’s comment about saving tax payers money.

    The Equality Act is silent on this form of imposition.

    Wayne, the solution is not legal but political. The Vegan Society ought to be lobbying MPs more effectively to amend the most recent Finance Act to deal with this Human Rights violation. Get Wayne David to start the ball rolling on such an amendment.

    All the best,

    Peter

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