Sainsbury’s becomes the first major supermarket to ban the sale of fireworks ahead of Bonfire Night celebrations next month.
Sainsbury’s has decided to ban the sale of fireworks as pet charity has warned of the dangers and distress the cause pets.
The supermarket first stopped selling fireworks in 2019 and has once again confirmed this will be the case for 2021.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We regularly review the products available in our stores and we are no longer selling fireworks based on a range of factors.”
“Customers can continue to choose from a range of seasonal products, such as glow sticks and light-up spinning wands.”
Animal Charity Dogs Trust has praised Sainsbury’s for the move and has urged other retailers to follow suit saying “dog owners are on tenterhooks.”
A spokesperson from the trust said: “Although they can look beautiful, fireworks can be very distressing for dogs when let off unexpectedly, and because they are so easily accessible all-year-round, dog owners are on tenterhooks as to when their beloved pooch will next be frightened.”
Other major supermarkets such as Aldi, Asda, Tesco and Co-Op have also issued an update on the sale of fireworks in their shops.
Aldi said it understands the importance of animal welfare, however, it will continue to sell fireworks in its branches.
A spokesperson said Aldi “understands the importance of animal welfare when celebrating [with fireworks] which is why our sales materials include reminders that pets should be kept safe indoors along with advice on how to make them feel secure.”
An Asda spokesperson added: “We know that many of our customers love fireworks, but we also know that some customers and their pets don’t like the noise, which is why this year we have launched a collection of low noise fireworks so that everyone can still enjoy the show.”
Tesco also confirmed it will continue selling fireworks and Co-Op confirmed it has not sold firework products for the past five years and is not planning to bring them back.
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