By now you’ve probably heard about Johnny Depp’s decision to bring his dogs into Australia, but in case you want to know what happens next, we’re brining you a brief update to the current saga of the Hollywood actor.
Johnny Depp, continue to be under scrutiny by the Australian government for illegally bringing his two Yorkshire Terriers on his private jet to Australia. Though Depp’s wife Amber Heard returned the dogs, Pistol and Boo, to their home in California, an Australian Senate committee was informed yesterday that if the case goes to court, Depp could be in for some serious trouble. Depp would be charged for breaking the country’s strict quarantine laws and could be penalized either up to ten years in prison or required to pay a hefty fee of somewhere between $265,000 and $340,000. In addition, the pilot of the private jet could face up to two years behind bars for his role in the situation.
Australia’s highly favorable animal, plant and human health status has been maintained for more than 100 years by an extremely strict import and export inspection and certification process. Quarantine controls at the border minimizes the risk of exotic pests and diseases to protect the country’s agriculture and environment.
Posted: May 14, 2015
As someone who’s been to Australia, I know they have very strict rules about what is allowed in and out of their country. Their quarantine regulations are in place to prevent rabies and other diseases from spreading throughout the country. To bring a pet there, one must apply for a permit and the pet must be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days once they’ve arrived, according to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the pet being “returned to the country of export or euthanized at the importer’s expense.”
Allegedly, actor Johnny Depp, who has been in Australia filming the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, did not heed these rules, instead bringing his two dogs, Pistol and Boo, with him on his private jet, Yahoo! News reports. The accusation against Depp was made by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Yesterday, May 13, 2015, Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, were given a 72-hour notice to send the Yorkshire Terriers back to the U.S. The dogs were allegedly discovered after they were taken to a groomer in Gold Coast.
Joyce told Yahoo! News, “If you start letting movie stars — even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation (with pets), then why don’t we just break laws for everybody? It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States. Now Mr. Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we’re going to have to euthanize them.”
Brett Chant, a spokesman for Joyce, stated that the dogs were in home quarantine, though did not reveal the location, Yahoo! News reports. He also stated that the decision on whether or not Depp will face additional charges from quarantine violations has not been made. The Department of Agriculture is currently investigating how the dogs made it through Brisbane Airport without the proper import permit.
Yahoo! News reported that “opposition Labor Party questioned in Parliament whether the government was to blame for the biosecurity breakdown because it had cut the department’s quarantine funding. Opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon accused Joyce of ‘bashing up on poor old Boo Boo and Pistol and, indeed, Johnny Depp.’”
If Pistol and Boo do not leave Australia within 72 hours, the Agriculture Department will put them down.
“After that,” Joyce said, “I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean.”
While there has been no immediate comment from Depp, the Department of Agriculture in Australia was informed that the actor and his wife are arranging to have the dogs sent back to the States, according to BBC News.
People have taken to social media to voice their opinions on the matter, using the hashtag #WarOnTerrier. Some voiced the thought that the dogs should just be quarantined, while others were disappointed that Depp did not follow protocol.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.