Animal Transportation Association
The Animal Transportation Association (ATA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the safe and humane transportation of animals worldwide.
The ATA began in 1976 to address the concerns of industry leaders, government officials, and humane association representatives. The name was changed to "The Animal Transportation Association" in 1989 to emphasize that sea, air and land transport are of equal importance in the safe and humane transport of animals. Members include airlines, truckers, shipping firms, government agencies, universities, research organizations, breeders, importers, exporters, veterinarians, and many others that transport exotic and domestic animals.
Today, the transportation of pets and exotic animals is an everyday occurrence. The transport of livestock is an important part of the effort to help developing nations feed their people, parks and zoos import a wide variety of animals from around the world ... cattle breeders and farmers rely on air, marine, and surface transportation to acquire livestock ... families who relocate often must transport their pets.
ATA provides an important opportunity for individuals, businesses, organizations and groups involved in any phase of animal transportation to become part of an international effort to find solutions to a variety of problems 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.