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Nikki Fried grants animal movement permit to Santa Claus

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki fried clears the airways for Mr. and Mrs. Claus to deliver gifts to Florida.

Fried and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services granted the clauses an animal movement certificate to allow their reindeer to enter and leave all homes, homes, camps and premises between 8 p.m. the day before. Christmas and 7am Christmas Day.

The permit also allows Santa Claus and his sleigh crew to pass through or pass through any US border port.

Santa’s license must be renewed every year, which Fried said. done for years.

“Given the challenges of the past two years, it’s so important for Santa to travel safely around the state to spread the holiday cheer and bring Christmas cheer to kids across Florida,” Fried said. . “This is why, as the Florida regulator for the entry of many different animals, we have not only issued the necessary animal movement certificate to Santa Claus, but we are also waiving all charges.” this holiday season. As is our job, we have verified that all animals entering our state, including Rudolph and the rest of Santa’s reindeer, are safe and hygienic to protect against livestock disease and COVID-19. “

Port staff will clean and disinfect the underside of the sled upon entry and also perform a brief visual inspection of the reindeer. Santa Claus will disinfect his gloves and boots and wash his hands thoroughly.

These measures are aimed at preventing the entry of any livestock disease the team might encounter during deliveries to farms around the world before entering the Sunshine State.

The Animal Industry Division of FDACS regulates the entry of many breeds of livestock and poultry and most exotic species into Florida and at state fairs and shows.

However, nothing is more exotic than the magical reindeer.

In addition to the disease screening requirements, the flying reindeer underwent additional testing to confirm that they can safely handle significant changes in altitude and temperature during their journey and that they are fit to land on the roofs. The reindeer also received their necessary and routine vaccines to protect against diseases they might encounter on their journey around the world.

Rudolph tested positive for “red nose syndrome” again. But state veterinarian Dr. Michael court note that this is normal and not an animal health problem.

Fried, the only Democrat currently elected to office in the entire state of Florida, is also asking Santa Claus to wear a mask.

“On behalf of our entire department, we wish Santa Claus and his reindeer good luck and a safe journey on their busiest night of the year!” Fried said.

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