THE Southern African Development Community’s (SADC’s) bid to prevent a vote on a proposed ban of domestic ivory sales has been thwarted.The move was championed by Namibia, and supported by SA, Botswana and Zimbabwe, but fell flat at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) on Monday. In addition, Malawi and Mozambique broke ranks with their regional peers.The US is spearheading the proposal to ban domestic ivory sales, which it believes will curb the scourge threatening elephants. The proposal will go to vote, and parties have until October 5.A total of 57 parties resisted Namibia’s efforts to prevent a vote on the issue, while 31 others, including SA, said the proposal should not go to vote.Namibia claims the proposal to regulate ivory markets is invalid and outside the scope of the convention, which deals with international, not domestic, trade.However, a US delegate attending the conference rejected the notion that parties were a...

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