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Johnny Depp's dogs face death in Australia's 'War on Terriers'

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Johnny Depp's dogs face death in Australia's 'War on Terriers'

<p>Hollywood star Johnny Depp is at the centre of a row in Australia over two illegal immigrants called Pistol and Boo.</p> <p>The culprits have reportedly fallen foul of the law because, as Yorkshire Terriers, they were brought into the country without respecting the country’s strict <a href="http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs">procedures on importing pets</a>, including quarantine checks.</p> <p>Now the dogs face <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/australia-news-blog/ng-interactive/2015/may/14/johnny-depps-dogs-live-countdown-ticker-to-the-dog-death-deadline?CMP=soc_568">a race against time to avoid being put down</a>. They must leave Australian territory within 72 hours, the government said, or they would be euthanised. </p> <iframe height="355" src="http://interactive.guim.co.uk/embed/aus/2015/may/countdown/countdown/" style="width: 100%; border: none;"></iframe> <p>For some, the issue draws a parallel with Australia’s policies on immigration and asylum seekers, which have been <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/articles/news/2014/09/cambodia-new-deal-australia-signs-away-refugee-rights/">criticised by Amnesty International</a> and the <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home/opendocPDFViewer.html?docid=54e70f8a9&query=australia%20immigration">Australian Human Rights Commission</a>.</p> <h3>Which rules have been broken?</h3> <p>Australia has strict laws governing what can be brought into the country, to protect the island nation from pests and diseases.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.daff.gov.au/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides/category-3-step-by-step-guide-for-dogs">Department of Agriculture’s website sets out a 19-step process</a> for importing dogs, of which the first 18 steps are supposed to be taken before arrival in the country.</p> <p>They range from checking vaccinations and testing for diseases, to booking quarantine accommodation.</p> <p>The Australian government took <a href="http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/media-centre/dept-releases/2015/dogs-illegally-brought-into-aus">the highly unusual step of issuing a statement on Depp’s dogs</a>, referring to a public figure but without mentioning the 51-year-old actor by name.</p> <p>The department became aware of an illegal animal importation on Tuesday 12 May, the statement said.</p> <p>The Agriculture Minister himself, Barnaby Joice, used slightly less diplomatic language. It was time the dogs “buggered off back to the United States,” he was quoted as saying. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Johnny Depp's dogs must 'bugger off' to US or face death for entering Australia illegally <a href="http://t.co/hz2Y6ODzO7">http://t.co/hz2Y6ODzO7</a></p>— The Guardian (@guardian) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardian/status/598637837307748352">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>How did the authorities find out about Depp’s dogs?</h3> <p>Johnny Depp came to Australia for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean 5. The animals reportedly <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/johnny-depps-dogs-pistol-and-boo-facing-the-plank/story-e6frg9zo-1227354422501">bypassed customs when they were brought into the country</a> in his private jet.</p> <p>They were found out when a picture was tweeted of the Hollywood pooches at Happy Dogz, a pet grooming parlour in Queensland.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PHOTOS?src=hash">#PHOTOS</a>: Groomers at Happy Dogz in Gold Coast w/ Amber Heard's dog Pistol and Boo. They arranged for an appointment! <a href="http://t.co/Q9Tcup00wO">pic.twitter.com/Q9Tcup00wO</a></p>— Amber Heard Updates (@AmberHeardNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/AmberHeardNews/status/597989911493480448">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“A biosecurity officer attended a Gold Coast property on 13 May and found two illegally imported dogs,” <a href="http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/media-centre/dept-releases/2015/dogs-illegally-brought-into-aus">said the government statement</a>. “The dogs have been ordered into quarantine and the owners have been advised the dogs must be exported within 72 hours.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">ICYMI</span>: <a href="https://twitter.com/Barnaby_Joyce"><code>Barnaby_Joyce</a> faces a grilling over the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarOnTerrier?src=hash">#WarOnTerrier</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/theprojecttv?src=hash">#theprojecttv</a> <a href="http://t.co/87pZ4WYgOw">http://t.co/87pZ4WYgOw</a></p>&mdash; The Project (</code>theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/598779322116153344">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>How have people reacted in Australia and elsewhere?</h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Surely we could just hold Johnny Depp's dogs in some kind of offshore facility until their claims can be processed and accurately assessed?</p>— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) <a href="https://twitter.com/adamliaw/status/598694490950373376">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Should Depp be fined? yes. Should the dogs be put down? No Should we be rushing to help <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Refugees?src=hash">#Refugees</a> stranded at sea? <span class="caps">HELL</span> <span class="caps">YES</span> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash">#auspol</a></p>— Jansant (@Jansant) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jansant/status/598749394289045504">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tempting to think Johnny Depp should call the Australians bluff. There is no way they will kill the dogs .</p>— neil mullane finn (@NeilFinn) <a href="https://twitter.com/NeilFinn/status/598741069598068736">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Leave Boo & Pistol alone. If you put them down Johnny Depp will not return to Australia. Are we willing to risk no Johnny</p>— Christian Anthony (@ChristianAntho) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChristianAntho/status/598647650007719936">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'm prepared to take in Johnny Depp's dogs, but it's gonna cost him. He'll need to do the Edward Scissorhands thing to my front hedge.</p>— Andrew Voss (@AndrewVossy) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewVossy/status/598585402736283648">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>And where has Australia’s #WarOnTerrier got to now?</h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="es"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So what does Australia's #1 Fixer Terrior / Poodletician cross <a href="https://twitter.com/cpyne"><code>cpyne</a> have to say about the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarOnTerrier?src=hash">#WarOnTerrier</a>? <a href="http://t.co/v9KNn3aC8t">pic.twitter.com/v9KNn3aC8t</a></p>&mdash; Gareth Davidson (</code>red_cordial) <a href="https://twitter.com/red_cordial/status/598745671559028736">Mayo 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="es"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Turn them back! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarOnTerrier?src=hash">#WarOnTerrier</a> <a href="http://t.co/oWss1kG34s">pic.twitter.com/oWss1kG34s</a></p>— Chris Chamberlin (@popculturechris) <a href="https://twitter.com/popculturechris/status/598743130897129473">Mayo 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="es"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We can't afford a Lassie faire attitude to the importation of illegal dogs. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarOnTerrier?src=hash">#WarOnTerrier</a></p>— Stu Diligence (@StuDiligence) <a href="https://twitter.com/StuDiligence/status/598696579093004288">Mayo 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>