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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard issued a videotaped apology for failing to declare their Yorkies, Pistol and Boo, when entering Australia last year.
In addition to apologizing, the couple stressed the importance of the country’s biosecurity in a video posted to the Facebook page of the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce.
Depp and Heard appeared in an Australian court on Monday, where Heard pleaded guilty to the charge of falsifying quarantine documents and failing to declare the dogs on a trip to Australia in April of 2015 to visit Depp during filming of Pirates of the Caribbean.
In the video apology released by the Australian government, Heard and Depp sit side-by-side to explain the importance of protecting Australia’s unique biology.
“Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people,” Heard said.
“Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws.”
The actress went on to say she was “truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared,” that “protecting Australia is important.”
Depp added to his wife’s apology, “Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell your firmly. Declare everything when you enter Australia.”
Heard avoided conviction in the dog-smuggling case after both dog-smuggling charges were dropped, and was given a one month good behavior bond sentence in connection with the falsified documents.