South Africa’s first legal auction of rhino horns opened for bids on Wednesday and 264 horns went on sale after the owner of the world’s biggest private rhino herd won a court case against the government.

The rhinos were tranquilized before their horns were harvested making the operation painless. It takes up to two years for the horns to grow back, said Pelham Jones, chairman of the Private Rhino Owners Association.

A court handed down the order on Sunday to allow the online auction to go ahe…
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