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Why Australia Is Right To Tell John Depp’s Wife To ‘Bugger Off’ With Her Dogs

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Australia charges Johnny Depp’s wife with smuggling dogs into the country.

Film star Johnny Depp’s wife, actress Amber Heard, has been charged with illegally bringing the couple’s Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into Australia in May, according to the Department of Public Prosecution. The couple drew international attention in May when the Australian Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce ordered the dogs returned to the United States or be put down. The false document charge, which relates to information on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of AU $10,200.

In completely unrelated news the Australian government has today confirmed a decision has been taken to cull up to two million feral cats by 2020 as they are ravaging native plant species. Her lawyers could petition the court to appear on her behalf, but given the seriousness of the charge, it’s likely she’ll need to appear in person, particularly if she is in Australia at that time. Though undeclared on arrival, the dogs came to public attention when they became “film stars on Facebook”, after they were photographed attending a dog grooming salon. A Department of Agriculture officer later escorted the tiny terriers from the couple’s mansion on Queensland’s Gold Coast to the airport, where they boarded a flight to the U.S. just hours before the deadline. “The law is the same for everybody,” he told reporters in the western city of Perth. “There is no preferential treatment here.

You come into our nation, you have to abide biosecurity protocols.” After weeks in limbo stemming from revelations of sexual misconduct by one of its stars, the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” is officially canceled. TLC is not moving forward with an 11th season of “19 Kids” featuring the Duggars, whose show “will no longer appear on the air,” the network told the Associated Press on Thursday. In a move to redirect the attention and public outcry, TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

Asked about the charges during an interview with Sky News, Mr Joyce suggested Ms Heard would not be getting any special treatment. “You, I, everybody – we’re equal before the law,’” he said. Ms Heard previously criticised the way the case had been handled, and suggested she would not return to the country. “I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there,” she told Australia’s Channel7 News. “I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials.” It not known whether Ms Heard will appear to answer the charges in person.

It will include the participation of Jill and Jessa Duggar, two of the sisters Josh Duggar touched inappropriately, as well as other survivors and families affected by such abuse. Since 2008, the series — TLC’s most-watched, averaging 3.2 million viewers — had chronicled the family life of Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children, now numbering 19. Producers of the long-running musical “Chicago” said Thursday that Rumer Willis, recently named “Dancing With the Stars” winner, will make her Broadway debut in August as Roxie Hart. Rumer Willis, who has been onstage in “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and opposite her mother, Demi Moore, in the films “Striptease” and “Now and Then,” will start at the Ambassador Theatre on Aug. 18 and end her run Oct. 11.

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