The UK will not be banning imports from trophy hunting yet, Michael Gove has told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The Environment Secretary said it was a “delicate political balancing act”.
He said he had been advised by wildlife charities to “be cautious” in following other countries in outlawing imports from the controversial sport.
Trophy hunting is the shooting of carefully selected animals, including some endangered species, under strict government controls.
Mr Gove was interviewed by former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen as part of a new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast, Beast of Man, which looks into how the South African rhino can be saved from extinction.
Clients, mainly from Europe or the US, often pay thousands of pounds to take part in a hunt, and keep a “trophy” –