One of the UK’s biggest supermarkets is banning the sale of fireworks this autumn, prompting animal charities and vets to call for more shops to follow suit.

Retail giant Sainsbury’s has confirmed it will not be selling the popular autumn product, in a move which has delighted dog owners.

Sainsbury’s says it will not be selling fireworks to shoppers in 2021 for a number of reasons and will instead be offering alternatives.

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.”

Fireworks can cause dogs a great deal of stress and anxiety
The loud noise from fireworks can cause dogs a great deal of stress and anxiety

The charity Dogs Trust has commended Sainsbury’s decision to ban the sale of fireworks.

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.”

It comes after vets called for a complete ban on fireworks sales in supermarkets like ASDA, Aldi, Tesco, Morrisons and Lidl.

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Dave Leicester from Vets Now says he and his colleagues prepare for a spike of calls and video consultations around Guy Fawkes Night, according to Manchester Evening News.

Dave said: “Fireworks can be hugely distressing for pets, birds and wildlife particularly when they’re let off unexpectedly.

“Although still distressing, pet owners can at least plan for well-publicised public events, or even take their pets elsewhere when they know they’re happening, but that’s not the case for indiscriminate private displays. It’s often the random flashes and bangs from those that cause most misery to our pets.

“While fireworks season may never be your dog’s favourite time of year, taking steps to prepare them in the weeks leading up to bonfire night can help make the whole experience less traumatic.“

And in calling on the government to do more to prevent irresponsible use of fireworks, Dave continued: “We need a review of fireworks regulations to prevent supermarkets and other retailers from selling them for private use.”

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.