The Animal Transportation Association, Inc. (ATA) believes that all animals, birds, fish and other living creatures, domestic and wild, including biological materials, are a vital part of our world environment, to be preserved, humanely treated, and utilized for the long-term well being and benefit of the human race. The ATA understands the need for research, education, and some public interest regulation of animal health and transportation, and it is the policy of ATA to develop and promote, in collaboration with the industry, the best means of accomplishing these objectives.
To that objective; BE IT RESOLVED that it is the continuing policy of the ATA to encourage research, education, improved service, and increased international coordination in the shipment of live animals (including birds, fish, and biological cargo) by:
We also recognize that the safe and humane transport of animals cannot be separated from animal health issues relating to export certification, nor from the manner in which animals are cared for following transport. The ATA therefore supports continued discussions and negotiation between exporting and importing countries toward the establishment of practical export testing protocols as well as an increased emphasis on providing appropriate technical assistance to the importers to ensure proper care and treatment of animals following shipment.
As members of ATA, we subscribe to the above policies and agree that our first consideration is the safe, humane, and expeditious handling of any animals under our care. We understand that research, education, and training are vital to improved animal transportation and are willing to share with other members all legal information and knowledge which will improve the welfare of the animals. Further, we pledge continued support to research and education beneficial to animals and the industry.
If an ATA member is deemed to be acting contrary to the ATA Statement of Policies, the ATA reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership at the discretion of the ATA Board of Directors.