PRETORIA - A South African judge on Thursday lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, alarming conservationists who described it as an “extremely dangerous move” that could worsen a poaching crisis. The government said it planned to appeal against the ruling, which was delivered in the Pretoria High Court after two South African game breeders fought a legal battle to overturn the moratorium. The court decision came ahead of a meeting in Johannesburg next year of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which could lift the global ban . South Africa’s rhino poaching epidemic saw a record 1,215 rhino killed last year for their horn , and some private rhino breeders say selling legally-harvested horns could stifle the lucrative black market trade . Rhinos are slaughtered by poachers for their horn , which is used as a traditional medicine in east Asia.