Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard had their pro-quarantine video shared by none other than Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who had given them the ultimatum after they had illegally brought their pet dogs to the Gold Coast on a private jet last year.
The video was shared by Joyce on Facebook, after Depp and his wife appeared before the Queensland court with regard to the biosecurity laws of laws. “Depp and Heard make a public statement highlighting the importance of biosecurity in Australia. The consequences of a disease outbreak could have been terrifying. We can’t take the risk,” wrote Joyce as the caption on his Barnaby Joyce Member for New England page.
“Australia is a great island, with the treasure trove, you need plants, animals and people,” says Heard in the video. “It has to be protected,” adds Depp.
Heard was given a one-month good behaviour bond without conviction. She says the continent has been free of many diseases which have been around the world. Hence, the biosecurity laws are very important and should be prioritised. She apologised for not informing the Australian authorities before bringing in their pets Yorkshire terriers Boo and Pistol in their country. “Declare everything when you enter Australia,” adds Depp.
Joyce had been firm on his statement. He said that disregarding the biosecurity laws wouldn’t be tolerated and didn’t matter who were involved. “There are no exceptions to these laws — they apply to everyone equally,” mentions Joyce as quoted by the ABC news.
The proceeding has begun since May last year and the court case, which will be held for four days, starts on Monday at Southport Magistrates Court. Depp is going to be the witness in the case. It has been reported that the couple has already landed on the Gold Coast this weekend.