Animals are to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law for the first time, in a victory for animal welfare campaigners. The Guardian reports that the measures will include a ban on live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, prohibit keeping primates as pets, and bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling. The laws will also reportedly include protection for animals abroad, through bans on ivory and shark fins as well as banning the import of hunting trophies, something Danene van der Westhuyzen, the President of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association, says will negatively affect Namibia.