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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.
Brussels, Belgium - Today the 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) www.fve.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Debra Robinson, our friend and co-worker, on Thursday 10th December.
Fondly known as Debs to staff or as Debbie amongst our clients, she was a constant at James Cargo Services for over 14 years, working in other areas of the company before finding her calling in the JCS Livestock team. With an eye for detail and passion for customer service Debbie was at the heart of easily over a thousand exports for the company and countless imports, helping thousands of furry friends find their way to their new home.
Debbie's particular love was for cats and she kept a number at home, including the famous "Skitz", although she did have a soft spot for dogs too and is likely to be just out of shot in a number of photos on this site where someone is getting a pre-flight hug. Pets were second only to her two children, Sean and Sophie, and her family, a number of whom we are proud to call part of the JCS family.
It was after a short period of illness that she was taken from us, far too soon, and she will be remembered fondly. We know that she will have been a main point of contact for so many of our Facebook friends, so we felt that we should let you know.
We'd like to note her passing by contributing to a charity. Her family would like to support the Stroke Association, so we have set up this Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/JCS-Livestock-Remembering-Debs or please feel free post your memories of Debbie here:- https://www.facebook.com/jcslivestock.
On 19 November, ATA member JCS Livestock was awarded the Specialist Freight Award at the Global Freight Awards, held at a gala ceremony at the esteemed five-star Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.
In the Global Freight Awards' own words:
"The Specialist Freight Award aims to recognise and reward high performance, a drive for innovation, customer centricity and demonstrable expertise. Most importantly it rewards excellent results for both the customer and the provider.
The winner of this category provides animal transport solutions for everything, from anteaters to zebras, and pampered pooches to prized pigs. Its services include collection, delivery, flights, customs clearance, and bespoke crates for all shapes and sizes of animals.
Congratulations to JCS Livestock for its specialist work with conservation bodies and the public to transport pets, livestock and zoo animals around the world."
This award is very important in the freight forwarding industry- and JCS Livestock was so pleased to be recognised at this level this year, as it means a lot to all of our hard working staff, past and present who have built the company's reputation over the years.
The JCS Livestock management would like to thank these staff as well as all of our customers and the judging panel for the awards, which this year included: Dorothea Carvalho, Project Director, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK; Andy Cliff, Director, Straightforward Consultancy; Robert Keen, Director General, British International Freight Association (BIFA); Paul Kelly, Founder and Lead Consultant, Actualis Marketing; Melanie Longman, Supply Train Director and Associate Consultant, LCP Consulting; Peter MacLeod,Editor, SHD Logistics; Marco L. Sorgetti, Director General, International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Association (FIATA); Dr Andrew Traill, Principal Technologist- Logistics and Freight, Transport Systems Catapult; Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General, CLECAT; Will Waters, Editor, Lloyd's Loading List.com; Susanna Whawell, Managing Director, Auxilium Management.
We are very sad to announce that Eddie McMullen passed away on the 19th November, at 66.
Eddie serviced the Air cargo industry over a career spanning more than 40 years, most notably as Owner of Air Charter Specialists Intradco. He was diagnosed with Brain cancer in early February of this year, and in true 'Eddie style' he battled until his final days, and never let his illness slow him down from enjoying the things he loved.
As messages of condolence have poured in from all over the world, the words; Honest, Old School, Maverick, and of course 'Fun loving' all appear hundreds of times.
We remember Eddie as someone who always went the extra distance to make animal transport safe and to find solutions in times of late flight arrivals or problems that were faced with authorities or just with meddlers.
Eddie was dedicated to safe animal transport and always put the safety of animals first.
Eddie will be missed by the many who knew him. He was an exceptional human being, Eddie and I did a few charters together and we became good friends. He told the funniest jokes, he had tremendous foreign accents and used them to ease the tension when transports mishaps occurred.
People often say that a great man is judged that way by his peers. As tributes poured in from the industry, there is a selection of great comments made from people within our industry.
"Eddie was a man who laughed at any seemingly impossible challenge and then set about conquering it. Successfully. A fine man with a heart as big as a lion"
"Eddie was quite daunting but once I got to know him it was obvious he was a very humble human being, always willing to help and give advice"
"I loved the fact that he was 'old school' and didn't give a toss about all that 'politically correct crap"
"Safe Journey Eddie, I'll always remember your support and the handshake that was as good as your word"
"I loved the way he would be so interested in anyone he met. He made everyone feel special."
"He was a true wheeler/dealer who virtually always delivered one way or other. The mould was definitely broken the moment he graced us with his presence on this earth"
"He was was one of those old generation "one of a kind" with his own unique style and presence. I so enjoyed the talks that we had, through which his experience, his intelligence, and mostly his wisdom were prominent. His humour was classic, and yes, he was also a judge of fine whiskey. I'll miss him."
Eddie leaves behind his son Charlie, daughter Megan, and wife Bunni and hundreds of friends whom will truly miss him.
Funeral services were held on 3rd December at Worth Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to Cancer Research in Eddie's honor. Donations are accepted here.
John Good, former ATA Treasurer, passed away earlier this Autumn.
It is no exaggeration to say that John helped rescue the ATA. John took over as Treasurer when we were in a pretty desperate financial situation because of some unfortunate occurrences. John took a disciplined, realistic, no-nonsense approach and was able to get us back to solvency in short order. John was committed to the ATA and was an active sponsor and participant at conferences along with his duties as Treasurer. John was serious about business but he had his fun side as well. I'm sorry I missed seeing him dancing in Amsterdam at our 2006 conference (Anna Melino remembers)!
John retired around 2009 after a long career at Flying Tigers and then FedEx as FedEx Charter Sales Manager to take care of his aging parents. He was a great Treasurer, a good man and a great friend. He will be missed.
Dr. Sharon Cregier invites all ATA members to join her in a conversation taking place online around the topic of "Are Standards for the Design and Manufacture of Non-Commercial Horse Transports Needed?" You can join the conversation here. Please note - you may be asked to create a login to participate.
ATA would like to extend a special congratulations to longtime board member, Bruce Clemmons, who is celebrating 30 years with FedEx! Congrats Bruce!
Congrats to ATA Board Member, Dr. Travis Schaal, DVM, who was recently promoted at Hy-line International to their Internal Technical Services Manager. In addition to serving on Hy-Line's Global Technical Services team, he will manage Hy-Line's programs related to bird health, monitoring, welfare, biosecurity, and regulatory compliance. Congrats Travis!
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