AATA's 30th International Conference


April 18-21, 2004 - Parkhotel Schönbrunn - Vienna, Austria


Europe is changing.  Ten new countries are to be subsumed into Membership in 2004.  Animal transportation legislation is changing and will be debated steadily during the next 18 months.  These two factors are not unrelated.  Transport distances for animals will inevitably increase, but there is pressure to reduce journey times.  Whether or how these divergent positions can be reconciled was discussed in the conference.  Opening speeches came from the legislators in Brussels.

We are told that legislation must be based on sound science.  There were scientific results presented on ventilation, space allowances, journey times, feed and watering requirements and other factors that affect the wellbeing of animals being transported, whether by road, sea or air.

Naturally, the main feature was on zoo species; but not exclusively.  There were specialist workshops dealing with pandas, elephants, primates and fish.  A progress report was be given on the assessment of competence of animal handlers and grooms.  With many new attendees from Ministries and Member States, and from shippers of all sorts, this conference was an ideal opportunity for networking and to influence the legislation both  European and worldwide, that will affect anyone, however remotely associated with the movement of any  animal, from giraffes to gerbils.

 The venue was  the splendid Parkhotel Schönbrunn, built by the Emperor Franz Josef as a guest house for his schloss and the accompanying zoo that he created.  The Annual Banquet was kindly sponsored by the Zoo, and there were many opportunities both before and after the conference to explore Vienna and its environs.  It was a memorable occasion in Vienna.

  • Welcome to Vienna - Dr. Helmut Pechlaner, Tiergarten Schoenbrunn
  • Keynote Address - Dr. Hannes Farnleitner, Adviser to the Federal Chancellor of Austria

 

Session Presentations

 

THE NEW EU ANIMAL TRANSPORT LEGISLATION

  • The New EU Map -  Mr. Dr. Alexander Rabitsch, Carinthian Provincial Government
  • The Latest EU  The New Proposals for EU Animal Transport Legislation - Dr. Jaana Husu-Kallio, European Commission
  • Enforcing and Controlling of the Present EU Animal Transport Legislation in Carinthia, Austria
    Mr. Dr. Alexander Rabitsch, Carinthian Provincial Government
  • CITES and EU Accession Countries
    Peter Linhart, Tiergarten Schoenbrunn
  • Zoonoses
    Dipl. Tzt. Thomas Voracek, Tierarztiche Ordiantion Tiergarten Schoenbrunn
  • Electronic Transmission of Shipping Documents and TRACES
    Tim Harris, Harris Associates, Ltd and AATA European Secretary


ROAD HAULAGE: AN INSIDE LOOK AT AN EVER CHANGING INDUSTRY

  • Past, Present and Future Transport in Europe
    Eddie Harper, Road Haulage Association Ltd UK
  • Road Transportation of Pigs
    Dr. Malcolm Mitchell, Division of Integrative Biology / Roslin Institute
       

THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN  OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT

  • Latest Changes and Developments in the Worldwide Carriage of Livestock by Sea & It's Regulatory Framework
    David Allaert, Dens Ocean Transport and Shipping
  • Proposal for Livestock Sea Transport from Remote Sources
    David Laidlow, Orkney Marine Logistics
    (Presented by Tim Harris, AATA European Secretary)
     

AN OVERVIEW OF PRODUCTS USED DURING TRANSPORT

  • Developments and Requirements for Housing and Crating/Environment Enrichment
    Thomas C. Schooler, Animal-Port-Houston
  • Bedding Materials Commonly Used When Shipping Animals:  A Harlan Perspective
    Terry Burns-Heffner, Harlan Teklad
  • International Availability of Animal Feed
    George Nugent, Purina Mills LabDiet

INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION BY GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • The AATA and the Animal Welfare Alliance
    Joseph N. Santarelli, Sr., Mersant International Ltd and AATA President
  • A Look at the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Planned MOU between CITES, IATA and WAZA
    Dr. Peter Dollinger, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
  • The OIE's Initiative in Animal Welfare
    Dr. David Wilson, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS

  • Methods of Training Zoological Road Haulers
    Rudiger Weiss, Interzoo Service & logistics GmbH
  • Training Programs for Airport Handling Personnel
    Rebecca McNeill, Fraport AG
  • Training & Assessment of Equine Haulers
    Jo White, International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH)
  • European Aquarium and Zoological Association (EAZA) Training at Schönbrunn Zoo
    Peter Linhart, Tiergarten Schoenbrunn
  • Proof of 'Competence' - Independent Assessment
    Steve Hewitt, National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC)

 

SHIPPING, HANDLING AND CARE OF SPECIFIC SPECIES

  • From Pythons to Pachyderms:  The Transport of Circus Animals
    Tom Albert, Feld Entertainment
  • Shipping Pets into EU Countries (presentation not available)
    Rob Quest, Corporation of London , Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow Airport
  • Pet Behavioural Problems:  Can Music Exert Influence on the Behaviour of Cats?
    Univ Prof. Hermann Bubna-Littitz, Institute of Physiology, Veterinary Medical University of Vienna
     

TRADE & TRANSPORT ISSUES

  • Transportation of Laboratory Animals
    Jeremy Swallow, Pfizer Global Research & Development
  • Andean Cameloids:  Transport in the Andes and by Air
    Alexander Thiermann, Pacific Feeder Services
  • Restriction of Trade Due to Disease Outbreaks
    Dr. Sara Kaman, USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, National Center for Import/Export

 

PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

  • Equine Update:  Groom Scheme
    Martin Atock, Peden Bloodstock GmbH
  • New Animal Handler Assessment Programme
    Tim Harris, AATA European Secretary
  • USDA's Animal Care:  An Overview and Update on Transportation Issues
    Dr. Jerry DePoyster, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
  • Public Relations and Animal Rights:  The UK Experience
    Malcolm Campbell, Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations

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