ATA Migrations v2011_034( September 23, 2011) 


A Letter From ATA Executive Committee Member at Large... 

Why Support the Transport of Laboratory Animals for Research?


As with many of you, my industry and my company has come under attack regularly from activists who label themselves as 'animal welfare' groups or 'friends of the animals'.And to date, the majority of my industry has tucked tail and ran away from the focus of these groups.They fear their tactics and their campaigns, as well as their effect on the company's profits.However, I think a better tactic is to stand and let them see our methods and hear our voice.The facts are that

  • The majority of the public supports research on animals to cure deadly diseases
  • All of mankind can benefit from curing diseases such as cancer, AIDS, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, Diabetes and hundreds of others adult and childhood diseases 
  • Animal models are only used where no other biological model exists and laboratories and their animals are watched closely and inspected to ensure good animal welfare practices are utilized.

The goal of biomedical research is to translate discoveries and observations in the laboratory or clinic into new therapies. Animal models are utilized in biomedical research when biological questions require a study of whole organisms that cannot be carried out in humans. Typically, animal studies are necessary for research that seeks to understand complex questions of disease progression, genetics, lifetime risk, or other biological mechanisms of a whole living system that would be unethical, morally unacceptable, or technically unfeasible or too difficult to allow the use of human subjects.


By far the most common laboratory animal in biomedical research are purpose bred rats and transgenic mice.The focus of biomedical researchers are diverse, but all seek to answer questions relevant to human and animal health that may one day translate into clinical practice and include research programs in public health, epidemiology, preventive medicine, epigenetics, cancer, aging, endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, diabetes, cellular biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, psychopharmacology, neuroscience, genetics, virology, and many, many more.


Virtually every major medical advance of the last century has depended upon research with animals.  Animals have served as surrogates in the investigation of human diseases and have yielded valuable data in the process of discovering new ways to treat, cure, or prevent them. From immunizations to cancer therapy, and our ability to manage the health of animals has also improved due to animal research and the application of medical breakthroughs to veterinary medicine.


While a majority of the public supports the necessary use of animals in biomedical research, they are also concerned about the care and treatment of laboratory animals. And I urge each member to take action to ensure that this research can continue and that we can someday see the end to such devastating diseases as cancer and AIDS.To do this, researchers need our help in humanely transporting different species of animals, and as members of ATA we are in the best position to offer the most humane transport and to ensure these vital tools of research safely reach their destinations.


After one of our officers saw a shipment of research animals in our warehouse, he asked me "have you ever looked in the big brown eyes of those animals?"... and I replied with "No, but I have looked in the big brown eyes of a child dying of cancer, and in the big brown eyes of a mother whose child just died of cancer."So while I love my pets more than you know, I know that the greater good of mankind can be served by our assisting this industry in the transport of these animals.I challenge each of you to review your policies and ensure you can contribute to this vital and life-giving industry.


Lisa Schoppa, Manager PetSafe

United Airlines


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ATA 38th Annual Conference

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March 18-21, 2012  

Vancouver, BC, Canada  

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Transportation Tidbits 

Atlas Air rescinds first three 747-8F orders

Atlas Air has canceled the first three of 12 747-8Fs it ordered from Boeing in September 2006. Citing production delays and concerns about the aircraft's performance, Atlas Air exercised its termination rights for the three early-model freighters, which were scheduled for delivery this

Shannon Airport to house global airfreight hub
The Dublin Airport Authority has inked a deal with U.S.-based Lynxs Group to establish a major airfreight hub at Ireland's Shannon Airport. Outlined in the agreement are plans to construct a temperature-controlled cargo logistics center that will "radically reposition" Shannon's freight operations, airport officials

IATA slashes airfreight growth projection
This year's cargo market has been hit harder than International Air Transport Association executives originally projected, with weak airfreight volumes out of the Asia-Pacific cutting into the industry's profitability. It's been so bad, in fact, that IATA officials have lowered their growth projection for 2011 from 5.5 percent to 1.4

Important changes to import conditions AU

Please be advised that new import conditions have been imposed and become effective immediately for cats and dogs from Cyprus. Cats and Dogs are nowrequired to have a rabies vaccination and rabies titre test prior to entry into Australia.


Please also note that theimport requirements for cats and dogs into the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Malta will change on 1 January 2012 to align with the general EU requirements for movement of cats and dogs.  As a consequence of this change, Australia will be requiring rabies vaccination and rabies antibody testing for cats and dogs moving from the UK to Australia as is required for other EU countries.  This means that from January 2012 the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Malta will be classified at Category 4 countries for the purpose of exporting cats and dogs to Australia.


I understand that our policy area is in the process of providing formal notification to the veterinary services in these countries and notices to this effect will be placed on our website soon.  I also understand that New Zealand has already notified that a similar change will made to its importation requirements.


I recommend that you commence the preparation of your cat/dog in line with the category 4 import conditions as soon as you can to maximise the chances of your cat being eligible for minimum quarantine time on arrival in Australia.


The category 4 import conditions can be found at:


The AQIS website is currently being updated with this information.    


Poultry focus on first US ag trade mission to Vietnam
Acting under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services Michael Scuse will lead USDA's first-ever agricultural trade Mission to Vietnam in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from September 26-29.

Vietnam is one of the world's fastest-growing economies and an important market for US agricultural products. Two-way agricultural, fish and forestry trade with Vietnam reached nearly $3.4 billion in 2010.


Fifteen US companies representing a wide range of food and agricultural products will take part in the mission, which aims to promote US agricultural exports to Vietnam. Throughout the mission, these companies will meet with nearly 150 Vietnamese producers, importers, buyers, distributors, and investors to develop trade relationships.


Poultry imports
Poultry meat imports experienced spectacular growth in 2010. Vietnam favours dark-meat chicken (leg quarters, drumsticks and wings) and also provides a market for spent hens.

USDA said the current domestic Avian Influenza situation combined with strong growth in domestic demand, high inflation and high feed costs have led to high prices for domestic chicken meat, meaning even more opportunity for US broiler meat exports.

US poultry meat exports to Vietnam rose to $75 million in 2010 from $48 million in 2009.

Quick growth

"Since 2006, no other major US agricultural export market has grown as quickly as Vietnam," said Scuse. "This is a significant and growing market for US producers and a driver for the American economy, helping to support more than 28,000 jobs here in the United States through exports of American products."


While in Vietnam, Scuse will meet with Vietnamese government and agricultural officials, US agribusiness, and visit agricultural production and development sites.

The Vietnam trade mission supports the strategic priorities of President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI), which aims to double all US exports by the end of 2014 and create millions of new American jobs.


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New code of welfare for animal transport in NZ
Minimum standards of animal welfare and recommended best practices for everyone involved in transporting animals in New Zealand are outlined in a new code of welfare issued today by Agriculture Minister David Carter.

The Animal Welfare (Transport within New Zealand) Code of Welfare 2011, developed by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), encourages all those responsible for animals during transport to adopt the highest standards of husbandry, care and handling.

NAWAC Deputy Chair Hilton Collier says transport can be a time of great stress for animals and it is important that it is done well.

"The purpose of this new code of welfare is to encourage everyone involved to minimise the stress placed on animals by adopting the highest standards before and during transport".

"The code covers all animals and all forms of transport within New Zealand - air, land and sea. Minimum standards cover off important areas like stockmanship; planning; equipment design and maintenance; preparing and selecting animals for transport; loading and unloading; and the provision of food, water and rest".

Mr Collier adds that specific requirements for transport in emergencies and emergency humane destruction are also included.

The code was drafted and reviewed by representatives of companies and organisations involved in the commercial transport of animals by road and sea, farmers, veterinarians, animal advocacy groups and environmental agencies.

Copies of the code and the explanatory report that accompanies it are available online here or by request from

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IPATA 35th  International Conference    

Nov 7 - 8, 2011

Hong Kong, China 


Varies on location

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IATA World Cargo Symposium!



March 13- 15, 2012


March 18-21, 2012 


Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


Vancouver, Canada