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Sainsbury's Confirms It Won't Be Selling Fireworks In 2021

Sainsbury's Confirms It Won't Be Selling Fireworks In 2021

The supermarket introduced the ban amid animal safety concerns

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

Sainsbury's has confirmed it won't be selling fireworks in 2021.

The supermarket became the first major UK retailer to ban fireworks back in 2019 and it has confirmed it won't be selling them this time around either.

A spokesperson told LADbible: "We stopped selling fireworks a number of yeas ago and there's no change this year.

"Customers can continue to choose from a range of seasonal products."

The ban was first introduced in 2019.

Sainsbury's said it banned fireworks for a range of reasons, including animal welfare concerns.

The explosions can cause severe distress and anxiety, particularly for dogs.

In extreme cases, the results can be tragic - such as when 18-week-old terrier puppy Molly died 'from fright caused by fireworks'.

Sainsbury's ban was welcomed by Dogs Trust, which told LADbible in 2019: "We congratulate Sainsbury's on their decision not to sell fireworks this year and would encourage others to do the same.

"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.

"A survey found over half of the British public think fireworks should be limited to public displays only. To reduce the distress caused to dogs we would like their use restricted to licensed public displays at certain times of the year or organised events, which are well publicised.

"This will enable owners to take steps to prepare their dogs ahead of any fireworks events. Good for the dogs and good for firework fans!"

People are split on whether private fireworks displays should be allowed.

LADbible ran a poll before Bonfire Night last year and found that more than 50 percent of people would be in favour of banning private fireworks displays.

Of the 17,506 votes cast, 54.6 percent of respondents were in favour of a ban, while 45.4 percent were against it.

Clearly, people are pretty evenly split on the subject, and Steve Raper - Chairman of the British Fireworks Association - argued that an over-hyping of the harm caused by fireworks had impacted the public's perception.

Speaking to LADbible, he said: "Of course we believe that people should have the freedom to set off their own fireworks - a freedom enjoyed for centuries.

"There is too much hype around the 'negative' impact fireworks have on people and animals but in reality there is no substantive evidence to support the wild claims.

"Millions of people each year enjoy fireworks and do so safely with only a very small minority abusing them and acting in an anti-social manner."

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Topics: UK News, sainsbury's