The Government insists that hunters will face a total ban on bringing trophies of lions, elephants, rhinos and other endangered species back to the UK.
Campaigners fear a 'blood money' exemption could allow hunters to still ship trophies if they pay towards conservation.
But Environment Secretary George Eustice is said to have ruled that out and intends to introduce the 'toughest legislation in the world' later this year.Hint: it's 'The British Government'.
To avoid a row with religious groups, the Bill will not cover religious slaughter in which the animals are still conscious when their throats are cut: halal abattoirs are exempt from the requirement to stun livestock first.
Last night, a spokesperson for Environment Secretary George Eustice said that officials were 'looking at a wide range of welfare and slaughter improvements that could be made'.
But a source said that while the Government 'would prefer all animals to be stunned before slaughter, we respect the rights of Jewish and Muslim people to eat meat prepared in accordance with their beliefs'.
So much for 'the toughest legislation in the world', George. Little Denmark has you beaten hands down.