Tesco, Asda and Aldi respond after Sainsbury’s ban sale of fireworks

UK retailers Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Co-op have issued statements after rival Sainsbury’s confirmed it will not be bringing back fireworks for sale this year.

Sainsbury’s stopped selling fireworks back in 2019 in a move which has been praised by the Dogs Trust charity.

Vets have called for a complete ban on fireworks sales in supermarkets over the danger they pose to pets.

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It’s estimated that 45% of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks and several countries, including Ireland, have banned the sale of private-use fireworks because of concerns over their impact on people, pets, livestock and wildlife.

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.”

Sainsbury's has banned the sale of fireworks following calls from dog owners
Sainsbury’s has banned the sale of fireworks following calls from dog owners

The Dogs Trust has urged other big UK supermarket companies, including Asda, Aldi, Tesco, Morrisons and Lidl, to follow Sainsbury’s lead warning “dog owners are on tenderhooks”.

A spokesperson for the charity 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.”

Asda, Aldi, Tesco and Co-Op have issued statements to customers about their position on firework sales ahead of Bonfire Night 2021.

Asda confirmed it will sell fireworks and has introduced a new ‘low noise’ range.

A 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.”

Aldi said it will also continue to sell fireworks but understands the importance of animal welfare

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.”

Tesco also confirmed it will continue to sell fireworks.

Co-Op said it has not sold firework products for the past five year and has no plans to bring them back.

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