The Animal Transportation Association 

A non-profit association dedicated to the safe and humane transportation of animals - worldwide

What is the Animal Transportation Association (ATA)?

The ATA provides an important opportunity for individuals, businesses, organizations and groups involved in any phase of animal transportation. As an ATA member you become part of an international effort to provide solutions to a variety of challenges related to the transport of animals. At the same time, members are linked to information, resources, contacts, and key developments. In the field that can help them provide better services and conditions for animals in transit.

ATA provides a means for making research needs known, encouraging research, and disseminating findings. The organization further encourages uniform and effective international regulations and humane handling of live animals. Every ATA member agrees to accept and support ATA's Statement of Policies and Code of Ethics.


The ATA was organized in 1976 in response to the concerns of industry leaders, government officials, and humane association representatives. In 1989, the name of ATA was changed to "The Animal Transportation Association" to emphasize that sea, air, and land transport are of equal importance in the safe and humane transport of animals.


Our members come from around the globe and represent the entire animal transportation spectrum:

  • Airlines
  • Truckers and shipping firms
  • Government agencies throughout the world
  • Universities and research organizations
  • Breeders
  • Importers / exporters
  • Veterinarians
  • Etc.