Sainsbury’s bans the sale of fireworks in all stores ahead of Bonfire Night
20 October 2021, 15:38 | Updated: October 20, 2021, 3:40 PM
Sainsbury’s once again banned the sale of fireworks in its stores prior to Bonfire Night.
The supermarket giant made the decision to stop selling fireworks in 2019 after more than 750,000 people signed a petition campaigning for all stores to stop selling fireworks.
Sainsbury’s did not give a reason for not stocking the product and said: “We regularly review our ranges and this is based on a number of factors.
“Customers can continue to choose from a range of seasonal products.”
The cooperative is another store that has banned the sale of fireworks, having not sold them in the past five years.
The move was hailed by pet owners after an RSPCA study found 45% of dogs show signs of fear when fireworks are fired.
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The animal charity is campaigning for fireworks to be regulated after receiving 1,621 calls about the “heartbreaking” effects of fireworks on animals over the past five years.
However, the fireworks will still be available for purchase at competing supermarkets, with some offering “low noise alternatives”.
A spokesperson for Aldi confirmed that their stores will continue to sell fireworks this year, saying: “Aldi understands the importance of animal welfare during the celebration. [with fireworks] that’s why our sales materials include reminders that pets should be kept safe indoors as well as tips on how to make them feel safe. “
Tesco also confirmed that it will continue to sell fireworks, while Asda has launched a collection of low noise fireworks.
A spokesperson said: “We know that a lot of our customers love fireworks, but we also know that some customers and their pets don’t like noise, which is why this year we launched a collection of low noise fireworks so that everyone can still enjoy the show. “