You may remember that last month the world received some terrible animal extermination news. No, I'm not talking about the fact scientists have just announced the Earth is moving into a new, and potentially final, stage of extinction, I'm talking about the much more widely reported news involving Johnny Depp's dogs.
Last month, Australian authorities discovered Depp had brought his dogs into the country without going through the necessary animal quarantine procedures. Pretty soon, a media storm developed around the two Yorkie pups named Boo and Pistol. Things really escalated after Australia's outspoken Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce claimed he would kill the canine duo if they did not immediately leave Australia. He told the baying media:
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.
Eventually, the dogs were repatriated to the US and according to Johnny Depp's wife, Amber Heard, they're doing just fine. In an interview with ET, the Magic Mike XXL actress talked of the "sad state of affairs" surrounding the dogs, claiming:
They're good despite attempts by certain rogue thug Australian government officials, they are alright.
You can watch the full, rather nauseating interview, below:
The whole issue became a bit of a heated debate online, with Johnny Depp fans often clashing with strict animal quarantine law fans. Although killing the dogs did seem a bit harsh on the surface, it must be remembered that Australia has these strict laws for a reason. The island nation has one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet, but because of this it is highly vulnerable to various invasive creatures and diseases, such as rabies.
Depp's decision not to quarantine Boo and Pistol has plunged him into some hot water. He could face a maximum fine of $340,000 or even 10 years in prison.
What do you think should be done with Johnny Depp?