Bonfire Night approaches, and one of the many issues that arise each year is the effect that fireworks and loud noises can have on our pets. Pets can become very distressed this time of year as a result and one supermarket that has taken this seriously this year is Sainsbury’s, which has made the decision to stop the sale of fireworks ahead of this year’s event.
Sainsbury announced their decision today with a spokesperson saying: “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.”
The decision is to come into effect immediately and will be happening across the UK at its 2,300 shops to the relief of many pet owners whose pets struggle to cope with this time of year.
Other supermarkets have set out their stall on the situation with an Aldi spokesperson said: “Aldi understands the importance of animal welfare when celebrating [bonfire night] 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.”
A spokesperson from ASDA also said: “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 confirmed that it will still be selling fireworks via its website, while Morrisons stated it will be selling fireworks in-store only.
According to Manchester Evening News, a spokesperson for Dogs 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.”