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Johnny Depp to boycott Australia

Johnny Depp will be avoiding Australia following his recent row with the government over his two dogs, according to his wife Amber Heard.

The US actress was speaking to Australian TV show Sunrise when she was asked about the couple's two terriers Pistol and Boo if they would go back.

The 29-year-old said: "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.

"I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials."

Barb

Heard's barb at the end was most likely reserved for Australia's Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who threatened to have the two pooches put down in May when Depp was accused of bringing them into Australia illegally while he was filming the fifth installment of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Back then, Mr Joyce said: "It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.

"He (Depp) can send them back or we will have to euthanise them."

Australia is known for its tough import and quarantine laws to protect its agricultural industry and wildlife from disease.

Depp could have been jailed or fined a maximum f A$340,000 (S$357,000) if he had been found guilty of illegally bringing his pets into Australia.

Sources: The Guardian, Sunrise

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