Hardly a New Year's goes by without reports of terrified dogs and animals in distress. To counter this, more and more stores have stopped the sale of fireworks in recent years. And fortunately, it's a trend that seems to be continuing.
Now the European DIY giant Bauhaus has made an important announcement. It will no longer sell fireworks at some of its stores—for the sake of dogs.
Bauhaus usually sells between $1.1 to $1.6 million (10-15 SEK) worth of fireworks between Christmas and New Year's, according to the retailer's marketing director, Johan Saxne. But despite losing income, the chain has decided to stop selling fireworks in order to protect animals, humans, and the environment. Now, Bauhaus hopes its decision will catch on.
"We had a gut feeling that we should've made this decision earlier, but we now realize that selling fireworks goes against everything we believe in," Saxne told the Swedish newspaper Expressen.
The announcement has the Swedish Kennel Club cheering and hoping that others will follow Bauhaus' initiative to protect our four-legged friends.
"Many dogs don't do well during this season," Hans Rosenberg, spokesperson for the Swedish Kennel Club, told Expressen.
At last, fireworks sellers have started to realize that the products are bad for dogs, humans, and the environment. Now, we hope that others will follow their example.
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