Actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard have illegally imported their dogs to Australia last month. The pair flew in on a private jet and failed to report the possession of dogs to the Australian customs. The two dogs, Boo and Pistol, both Yorkshire Terriers, are now facing being put down if not taken back to the United States.
Australia's strict laws prohibit the import of animals to prevent illnesses and infections. According to Barnaby Joyce, the minister of Agriculture, laws are applicable to all, without exceptions. He added that the dogs were discovered when they were taken to a dog groomer. "Mr. Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we're going to have to euthanize them," he told reporters on Thursday. “He's now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs.
He can put them on the same charter jet he flew out on and fly back out of our nation.” Joyce’s threats have come across wide criticism online, and a petition was organized, now having thousands of signatures appealing to Joyce not to kill the puppies. Despite the outcry Joyce stood firm and insisted that laws must be enforced. “If we start letting movie stars even though they've been the 'sexiest man alive' twice to come into our nation, then why don't we just break the laws for everybody? It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."
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