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  • 07 Aug 2017 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    World elephant day is now just 5 days away, so this whole week we are focusing on elephants and elephants only!

    There had never been a more important time than right now to show your support for elephants. Find out how you can help now!

  • 28 Jul 2017 11:07 AM | Anonymous
  • 14 Jul 2017 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    Brussels, Belgium - European Commission welcomed the publication of practical guidelines on assessing the fitness for transport of equidae (horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids), an essential resource for anyone involved in the transport process, which was produced through a collaboration of agri-food, transport, veterinary organisations and animal welfare groups supported by the European Commission.

    The guidelines have been produced following extensive research and consultation by the stakeholder group coordinated by World Horse Welfare and Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA).

    The guidelines are designed to set out clear and simple methods of assessing the fitness of equidae for transport to support a number of objectives including; helping maintain good health among animals and humans, reducing the risk of disease transmission and preventing animal suffering. The guidelines also support transporters in avoiding penalties, financial losses, and withdrawal of the transporter’s authorisation or driver’s certificate of competence.

    In addition, the guidelines offer a health and transport checklist and a quick reference guide to assess vital signs and health concerns. Whilst the guidelines will help protect animal welfare, they also aim to help protect the health and safety of anyone involved in the transport process, supporting transport professionals in the enforcement and understanding of EU Regulation 1/2005 which states that ‘No animal shall be transported unless it is fit for the intended journey’.

    The guidelines were welcomed by Andrea Gavinelli, Head of Unit for Official Controls and Eradication of Diseases in Animals: “These guidelines will be an essential resource for anyone involved in the transportation of horses, donkeys, mules or their hybrids and I am pleased that the Commission has been able to support their production and dissemination.”

    The guidelines also received recognition from Dr Bernard Vallat Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for 15 years before recently leaving the position. He said: “It is my pleasure to commend this visual guide to health conditions that may impact on the fitness of animals to travel. This clear and simple guide will help all those involved in animal transport to quickly and easily assess the situation and understand what course of action to take.”

    The guidelines are available by registering via FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe)

    The guidelines are currently available in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish versions available in the next few months.

    The stakeholder group includes: Animals Angels, Animal Transport Association (ATA), Austrian Federal Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons, Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN), Belgian Confederation for the Horse (BCP-CBC), European Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives (COPA and COGECA), Eurogroup for Animals, Italian Equestrian Sports Federation (FISE), Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), French Equestrian Federation (FFE) and European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV).

    For more information please contact:

    FVE: Nancy De Briyne, Deputy Executive Director +32 (0) 2 533 70 20 or via email

  • 02 Jun 2017 10:42 AM | Anonymous
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  • 15 Apr 2016 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    We would like to thank everyone who joined us in Lisbon for our 42nd Annual Conference! The conference took place last week at the Tivoli Oriente in Lisbon, and we kicked it off with some fun and new and old friends on Sunday with our traditional Sunday Evening Icebreaker & Welcome Reception.

    Monday morning, outgoing ATA President, Jennifer Woods welcomed everyone to the conference and welcomed our first presentation by Andreia Pereira Silva of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. Andreia (who had driven 18 hours the day before to be with us) informed attendees of the logistics and details that she deals with in transporting the performance stallions around Europe from Portugal. 

    Dr. Morris Villarroel discussing his research on transporting pigs from Pamplona to Lisbon
    Following Andreia, Dr. Morris Villarroel of the Technical University of Madrid provided attendees informative research on the optimal temperature and humidity ranges that affect livestock, particularly pigs, in transit. Concluding the general sessions for the morning, Jan-Willem de Gooijer, DVM shared a recent case study on the transport of white lions from Mexico to China.

    After a lunch enjoyed at the restaurant on top of the Tivoli Oriente, attendees broke into our breakout sessions, where a number of studies and topics related to equines and lab/research animal transport were discussed and analyzed by both presenters and attendees.

    Our breakout sessions continued through into Tuesday morning with an analysis of the effect of avian influenza on the world food supply, considerations for shipping pigs via air, and how AirFrance and researchers were able to work together to support each other and keep some transit routes open for lab/research animals.

    Andrea Gruber of IATA LAPB moderates a session with Bruce Clemmons of FedEx, Gabriella Tamasi of IAG Cargo, and Marc Roveri of CargoLux

    Mid-morning attendees convened again for general sessions, where we heard stories from the field around zoological transports, had a discussion about whether or not all animal transporters need to be certified, and learned how several airlines implement IATA LAR regulations. 

    During lunch, the ATA board conducted its Annual General Meeting, where we voted on and welcomed our returning board member - Bruce Clemmons of FedEx - as well as welcoming three new board members: Cindy Brown of Calgary Airport Authority, Dr. Alberto Torres of Cobb-Vantress, and Luis Fernandez of Bioculture Group. The executive committee also welcomed Jeff Segers into the President role and Bruce Clemmons as the member-at-large director on the executive committee.
    ATA Treasurer Kelly Wheeler, ATA Past President Jennifer Woods present the ATA Animal Welfare Award to Drs. Sunil and Premlata Choudhary of PetFly

    We also awarded the ATA Animal Welfare Award to Dr. Sunil Choudhary of PetFly for their innovations in achieving improvements for the welfare of pets and companion animals in India. The board also was privileged to award the ATA President's Award to Anna Melino and Eric Bernier in recognition for all of their many years of service on the ATA board and the industry as a whole.
    ATA Treasurer Kelly Wheeler, outgoing ATA board member and ATA President's Award recipient Anna Melino, and ATA Past President Jennifer Woods

    After lunch, we announced the location and dates of our 2017 conference - 8-11 February in Hong Kong! - and convened for our closing general sessions on the adoption of electronic airway bill technology in the industry and the nuances of assessing animal welfare for all species at airports and animal hotels.

    On Wednesday, attendees had the option of attending a performance of high dressage - or horse ballet - by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

    Overall it was a great week and we would like to thank all of our attendees, presenters, and sponsors for their time and partnership in making this annual conference come together. We would appreciate your feedback and ask you to complete this survey. And we look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong in February 2017! 

    Sea Air International



  • 15 Apr 2016 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    For those that knew Lou Rocha, my business partner and best friend for 30 years, he passed away at 4:00AM on Friday, April 8th. He had been in the hospital since Christmas Day, 3.5 months, eventually developed pneumonia and just couldn't fight anymore.

    He had been active in livestock exports for 34 years and loved the challenge, the animals, the foreign buyers, and the opportunity to make a difference in the genetics of the importing countries.

    Luis was a member of the Livestock Exporters Association USA and served for many years as the Livestock Committee Chairman for the Animal Transportation Association.

    Lou was an amazing man and friend to all. He was always willing to help and couldn't tell anyone "no". He felt that this was the legacy he wanted to be known for - being a friend to all - and such an amazing legacy he built over the years.

    He will be missed - by those that called him Papa Rocha (both young and old), by those that loved him, and by those who were glad - no, privileged - to call him friend.

    Visitation and viewing were held this past Wednesday April 13. If you would like to make a donation to the Rocha family to help with the unexpected funeral services and such, you can do so here.

    Thanks for your support and friendship over the years; thanks for being a part of his legacy.

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