Johnny Depp’s dogs might be put down because he ignored our laws 606



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It’s not a revelation that movie stars think they’re above the law, but has it gone too far this time? Johnny Depp was caught smuggling his beloved pets into Australia, in an attempt to evade our tight border security. And now, they could be euthanised or deported.

He fought the law and the law won, by the looks of things so far.

The Department of Agriculture is investigating after the discovery of two Yorkshire terriers – Boo and Pistol – believed to have been flown with Depp on his private plane last month – just so the movie star could be close to his pooches on the Gold Coast set of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

According to Australian immigration law, any animal brought into the country without meeting Australia’s import conditions would be ordered into quarantine and would either be exported or destroyed.

And agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce had some strong words about Johnny Depp’s foiled attempt.

“There is a process if you want to bring animals: you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them,” he said on radio program 612 ABC Brisbane this morning.

“But 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”. Do you agree?

Mr Joyce clearly isn’t a fan of Willy Wonka or Edward Scissorhands, saying that “Just because he’s Johnny Depp doesn’t make him exempt from Australian laws.

“The way this works is if we are going to make an excuse for Johnny Depp because he’s got a private jet and brought in his dogs than I suppose you have to start making exemptions and excuses for everybody.

“The reason you can walk through a park in Brisbane and not sort of have in the back of your mind – what happens if a rabid dog comes out and bites me or bites my kid – is because we’ve kept that disease out.

“I’ll tell you how close it is, it’s in Bali, it’s just next door, so this is not fanciful stuff and therefore we’re very diligent about what comes into our nation”.

If you tried to count how many celebrities have tried to use their fame to get out of a fine or jail time, we’d be here all day. It’s almost an expectation that because you’re rich and famous, you shouldn’t be treated as a civilian. Is it time that we brought them back down to Earth?


So do you think we should make an exception or should Johnny be subject to the same laws as anyone else? 

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  1. Iam stir up about this. Got no right do this. Who the hell does he think he is. Endangering all our abimals here in Australia.

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    • I agree with you Patti. Just because he is a star he must obey our laws. No exceptions. Either get them out of the country by EOB today or have them put down and destroyed. Still hit him with a large fine as well plus community service.

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      • On the subject of community service for Johnny … My garden’s a mess Need the housework done … maybe he could walk the dog! Seriously, it’s a breach of our laws. He should be punished, just send the dogs back.

  2. Everyone else does the right thing, famous people are not entitled to break our laws which do work

  3. Send them back after they have been checked and fine him the maximum, who does he think he is, not above the law, in Australia, just because being a celebrity in the USA they are.

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    • Everyone is so busy Barnaby bashing to see the real picture here…..if they carried any diseases that caused any contamination is Australia, Barnaby would be hung drawn and quartered….he can’t win either way… He told JD to send the dogs back to where they came from or else and rightly so…

    • Anyone else’s dogs would have been put down and have been. Why is JD so special, that he is above the law? We work very hard to keep diseases out of Australia.

    • They came in on a private flight and he/they did not abide by custom’s requirements so don’t blame customs though they could have been more diligent. But there should be no exemption as this is a disease control issue not a revenue thing. I do hope and I am sure Mr Depp can manage it, that the dogs are simply transported home, it seems unlikely that they would be euthanased (not ised as the Telegraph thinks it is).

    • I would have thought that the plane would have had to be searched for contraband etc before letting anyone into the country. Surely he had to take the dogs through customs at the airport where he landed and could not just waltz into the country unchecked. He could have been bringing drugs or other forbidden stuff in to the country.. So why was there no custom check. If they are really worried have our vets check them out for any nasty diseases and keep them in quarantine for a couple of weeks just to make sure and slap a fine on him for bringing them in without the necessary papers….

    • Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said he was open to letting Pistol and Boo stay if they invested $5 million into Australia. “There are ways around everything,” he said.

    • I agree, I think that Johnny Depp is showing his arrogance to think he can do as he likes these are our laws & he is no different than anyone else send your dogs home or suffer the consequences!!

  4. He was not smuggling them in, he bought them in on his private jet. If they are either on the plane or isolated on private property and not In touch with other dogs or animals it isn’t really a problem. I know we have laws and they are there for a reason, and I think this has been blown out of proportion some what……

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    • They WERE in contact with other guard dogs at the home where he is staying. Also went to a dog groomers, who knows what has been contaminated now even if dogs were not there as it was after hours. I don’t think it has been blown out of proportion. He did not get the dogs checked, I know he loves his dogs but he could all our animals at risk. I think he should be fined enough to cover all costs of testing etc & then send them home ASAP , Don’t agree with them being euthenized unless they are carriers once tested.

    • Australia has strict quarantine laws for a reason. Diseases can be spread in the soil and can stay dorment in that soil for years to come. It only takes one person to walk across that area and then off that property and we all are in all sorts of trouble.

    • I believe they have been to a groomer here at some time. Would that not be a risk to other animals?

    • I really think that you would know if your dog had rabies. It would have some symptoms. I don’t think he probably thought at all. I do not believe this was done with any melic. I still think it is over the top……

    • I respect your opinion, but I cannot agree. There is no proviso on the law. It does not matter where they are now, they have been brought in illegally. Once we start with making exceptions and turning a blind eye we will run into problems. Mr Depp, you broke the laws of Australia. I wouldn’t go to America and commit an offence. They are a lot more unforgiving there.

    • It is a problem many diseases and or virus do live outside the animal in suspended animation until they find a new host, they can live in the soil for years that way there are too many risks involved but you really need to do some research

    • I don’t think it is matter of being unforgiving or forgiving for that matter, in my opinion most people know he has done the wrong thing but killing the animals is not good if you want tourism to continue in this it of not Depp is popular world wide and can you imagine the headlines..Australia kills Depps pets!! just send them all home

    • I dont believe he did it on purpose. I believe his dogs would be well and truly vaccinated. I believe the media has made this into a shamozzle.

    • It is over the top! I really don’t think there is much danger in his pets carrying any “infectious” diseases for they would have the best veterinary care! Mr Joyce should pay more attention to the protected fruit bats’ droppings infecting vast areas, plus, the cane toads encroaching other States & doing harm to our local fauna! I really think he wants his few minutes of fame, on the international circuit!

    • He took them to a dog groomer, that how they got found out, how would we be breaking American law.

    • Mr Depp didn’t bring in fruit bats or cane toads into Australia. He brought in two undeclared dogs into Australia. I have always thought that animals brought into Australia should be put in quarantine for some time. Rabies are known to infect dogs in the USA and we certainly have to be careful not to introduce rabies into our country. Mr Depp should be fined (as he failed to declare their presence in Australia) and the dogs sent home immediately or at least quarantined during the duration of his stay.

    • Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said he was open to letting Pistol and Boo stay if they invested $5 million into Australia. “There are ways around everything,” he said.

    • Why did he smuggle them in – obviously the entry documents were false – rules are there to protect Australia.

    • Are you for real??????? Get your head out of the sand. Disease doesn”t respect anything. Nor does it have compassion for animals not vaxinated against diseases we dont have in Australia that his dogs may be carrying.

  5. I know he did the wrong thing but don’t believe the dogs should be destroyed. Rather send them back please

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