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The May 2013 guidance outlawed the sale of tiger claw jewellery - a staple of the colonial period - even when embellished with gold, silver and precious stones. It is still legal to own these items, but they have no legitimate commercial value.

It also tightened the rules on the sale of tiger skins. Even when worked by a respected taxidermist such as Van Ingen & Van Ingen of Mysore, it is only legal to sell these when they have been tanned and lined. Many skins include claws but when still part of the skin they are considered 'worked'.