This falls in my WHAAAT category. So, what’s the deal with Johnny Depp?
I don’t know too much about the recent issues, but as I was logging into WordPress this morning, the first MSN news article I see is pertaining to Depp bringing his dogs to Australia.
At first I was like, does he have pit bulls? OMG- was someone mauled to death? Upon reading the article, I chuckled, when I saw it was (2) Yorkshire Terriers. I had to Google the breed. Yup, I don’t know how Depp keeps his dogs – if they are show dog style of more like the image above, quite threatening either way…and then he did take them in for grooming “pet spa” day – while he was on set as Jack Sparrow- and the groomers took photos and posted to social media sites. Which, apparently, this is what got Mr. Depp BUSTED for bringing his beasties into Australia without going through proper channels. “Quarantine procedures” – shoot, those dogs are probably healthier than any middle class human.
Well, first of all “my bad,” I’m sure he didn’t realize there were rules, or didn’t bother thinking about rules and his wife (or assistant) didn’t know to fill out proper paper work. My God, Australia must really hate dogs, because they threatened to “put them down,” if they didn’t remove them from the country by a particular date. (maybe officials had requested him several times to, to which he didn’t answer promptly- I don’t know- and then they threatened with the ultimate threat… regardless, at some point the Depp’s complied and sent their dogs home.)
The fact that this came to the Senate’s attention? Grilling Agricultural department for 40 minutes… and deeming it a very serious matter. Something he can face 10 years in prison or a huge fine up to $250k. Seriously, I have to ask- how is this a “serious” matter? There was no maiming or death.
What am I missing? Who is following this story (and knows more details) or knows the law and why it’s a severe matter- please enlighten me. Because I’m reading, just this one article and it’s so ridiculous. To me, they just want the actor to pay money. Can they even prove Depp was aware of the laws and purposely broke them? We know there will never be true “jail” time, but I’m sure he’s going to be forced to fork out some cash. Did he break rules, yes. Did he comply with request to fix the situation, yes. Was their any injury to his breaking of the rules, no? Then, slap on wrist?
I could totally see myself messing up on this law. When we traveled to Canada, we never thought to check in advance about our dog…as we took the ferry from WA into Victoria, we told the border patrol somewhere in the piled crap in the back were two kids and a dog. They were more concerned when we left the country to return to USA, if we were bringing back dog food from Canada into the US. They didn’t care about the dog.