Dog smuggling: Johnny Depp's strange apology video

Dog smuggling: Johnny Depp's strange apology video

(Source: YouTube screen capture)
(Source: YouTube screen capture)

Tough laws in Australia for entry of pets into country is to prevent pests & diseases entering country & harming crops, animals & people, explains Depp in serious video.


Dog smuggling: Johnny Depp's strange apology video

AFP News Agency

Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard released a video apology Monday for breaking Australian quarantine laws by bringing two dogs with them into Australia aboard their private jet.

It was an awkward finale to a legal case people have jokingly called the "war on terrier" (referring to the post-9/11 "war on terror")


The case made the headlines last May after Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have Johnny Depp's pet dogs, Pistol and Boo, put down unless they "buggered off back to the United States".

The dogs' presence in Australia only came to light when they were photographed at a dog grooming salon more than three weeks after they arrived to film the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales".

The dogs were quickly whisked away out of Australia as the story hit the headlines.

Depp had made fun of the incident, saying the dogs had been killed and eaten "under direct orders from some kind of sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia".


A black limousine dropped off the couple at the courthouse to hear the verdict in the legal case.

Guards escorted them through a crowd of reporters as supporters shouted "Go Johnny" and "We love you".

The apology video was played in court as Heard escaped conviction after pleading guilty to falsifying immigration forms when she brought the dogs into Australia.

In the video, which resembled a very grave public service announcement, the Hollywood couple stressed the importance of obeying Australia's strict biosecurity laws.

A deadpan Depp adds that Aussies were "just as unique" as their wildlife.

The video quickly went viral on social media where netizens said it looked like a "hostage video" or an "audition for the Godfather" movie.


"Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people," said Heard.

"It has to be protected," Depp said in a grave tone of voice.

"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," Heard said.

"And Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law they will tell you firmly," Depp added in an apparent reference to the minister's threat.

Heard expressed her "remorse" over the case, in one of many awkward moments which raised giggles on social media, where the video was compared with a hostage plea or North Korean-style propaganda.

"I am truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared," she said.


Two more serious charges against Heard of illegally importing (smuggling) the Yorkshire terriers were dropped on Monday by the court on the Gold Coast in Queensland state.

But Heard admitted to a third charge of providing a false document by failing to declare the animals on her arrival card.

She was placed on a Aus$1,000 (US$760) one-month good behaviour bond.


The 29-year-old blamed Depp's staff for the mix-up, saying they were supposed to take care of all the paperwork.

"It was a terrible, terrible mistake," defence lawyer Jeremy Kirk said. "There was no attempt to deceive."

The couple had communicated with the Department of Agriculture about filming the apology.

"I don't think it'd be something that they would've willingly would've wanted to do," said Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.


Under strict biosecurity laws, dogs entering Australia from the United States must be declared and spend 10 days in quarantine.

Penalties range up to 10 years in prison.

Australia's strict biosecurity laws are meant to prevent disease outbreaks that could have terrifying consequences.

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  • aboard (adj.): on a boat or airplane; on board -
  • admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
  • agriculture: the science or practice of farming - เกษตรกรรม, การเกษตร
  • apology: an act of saying sorry - คำขอโทษ
  • apparent: clear; able to be seen or understood - ซึ่งเห็นได้ชัดว่า
  • apparent: seeming to be something although it may not be real - ดูเหมือนว่า, ตามที่เห็นภายนอก
  • arrival: when someone reaches where they are going (arrives) - ขาเข้า การเข้ามา
  • audition: to give a short performance so that somebody can decide whether they are suitable to act in a play, sing in a concert, etc - ทดสอบการแสดง, ทดลองแสดง
  • awkward: difficult to deal with; causing problems - กระอักกระอ่วน
  • awkward: not moving in an easy way; not comfortable - งุ่มง่าม
  • behaviour: the way that someone acts or behaves - พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว
  • big-gutted: having a big gut, having a big stomach or belly, a fat person, -
  • biosecurity: preventive measures such as quarantine or confiscation (taking away, seizing) or plants and animals entering a country in order to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases in crops and livestock (Source: Wikipedia) -
  • blame: to say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening - ตำหนิ
  • bond (noun): a sum of money that is paid as bail allowing temporary release from jail before a court trial - การค้ำประกัน
  • buggered off: get lost, rude and impolite way of saying "go away" -
  • came to light (idiom): was/were revealed; was/were made known - ถูกเปิดเผยออกมา
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • commerce: trade, especially between countries; the buying and selling of goods and services - การค้าขายสินค้า, ธุรกิจการค้า (commerce minister รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงพาณิชย์)
  • commonplace: common; not unusual - สิ่งที่เห็นได้บ่อยๆ
  • conviction: when someone is officially found to be guilty of a particular crime - การพิสูจน์ว่ากระทำผิด
  • couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คุ่รัก
  • couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คู่แต่งงานกัน, คุ่รัก
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • crowd: many people gathered at one place - ฝูงชน, กลุ่มคน, มวลชน
  • deadpan: pretending to be serious when you are not - ทำเป็นเอาจริงเอาจัง
  • declare: to tell customs officers (= at the border of a country) the kind of goods you are carrying - แจ้ง, เปิดเผย
  • direct (adj): saying exactly what you mean in a way that nobody can pretend not to understand - ตรงไปตรงมา
  • direct (adjective): going straight to a place (not "going to other places first" which is "indirect") - ตรงไป, ไม่เบี่ยงเบน
  • disease (noun): a health problem and problem with a person's body, often caused by an infection, either from a bacteria or virus - โรค
  • disrespect: to treat someone or something without respect - ไม่นับถือ,ไม่มีสัมมาคารวะ
  • document: a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type  - เอกสาร
  • drop (verb): to stop doing something; to end an activity or programme - เลิก, ยกเลิก, หยุด
  • dropped off: to stop so that somebody can get out of a car, etc; to deliver something on the way to somewhere else - ส่งผู้โดยสารหรือของ
  • escape (noun): avoiding something bad; preventing something from happening; staying away from a place - การหลีกเลี่ยง
  • escort: to go with a person or group of people in order to protect them - คุ้ม
  • exchange: an angry conversation - การโต้เถียง, การถกเถียง
  • express: to tell someone about a feeling, opinion, or aim by speaking or writing about it - แสดงออก (ทางความคิดหรือความรู้สึก) โดยใช้คำพูดหรือการเขียน, พูดออกมา
  • false: not true -
  • falsify: to change something, such as a document, in order to deceive people - ปลอมแปลง
  • finale: the last part of (especially a musical or theatrical performance), which is often very exciting or emotional - ฉากสุดท้าย(ในละคร), ตอนจบ, ตอนสุดท้าย
  • firmly: in a strong or definite way - อย่างหนักแน่น
  • form (noun): an official document containing questions and spaces for answers - แบบฟอร์ม, แบบกรอกรายการ
  • giggle: to laugh in a silly way because you are amused, embarrassed or nervous - หัวเราะคิกคัก, หัวเราะต่อกระซิก
  • godfather: a very powerful man in a criminal organization, especially the Mafia - เจ้าพ่อ
  • grave: very serious; very dangerous - วิกฤติ, ร้ายแรง
  • groom: clean or brush an animal - ทำให้สัตว์สะอาดและเรียบร้อย
  • guard: a person who protects a place or people - ยาม, ผู้ดูแล, ยามรักษาการณ์
  • headline: the title of a newspaper story that is printed in large letters - ข่าวพาดหัว
  • heated: angry - โกรธ, ฉุนเฉียว
  • Hollywood: the movie industry in the US -
  • hostage: a person who is the prisoner of someone who threatens to kill them if they do not get what they want - ตัวประกัน
  • illegally: in a way that is against the law - อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
  • immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • import: to buy or bring in products from another country - นำเข้า
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • insult: to say or do something to someone that is rude or offensive - พูดแดกดัน, พูดจาบจ้วง
  • legal: relating to the law or lawyers - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
  • look: the way somebody/something looks; the appearance of somebody/something - รูปร่างหน้าตา
  • made fun of: laughed at somebody/something or make other people laugh at them, usually in an unkind way - น่าหัวเราะเยาะ, หยอกล้อ
  • minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี
  • mix-up (noun): a mistake or problem that happens because someone is confused about details - สถานการณ์สับสนวุ่นวาย (เพราะตัดสินใจหรือทำผิดพลาด)
  • moment: a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion - ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
  • netizen: a person who uses the Internet a lot - พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์
  • obey: to do what you are told or expected to do - เชื่อฟัง, ทำตามคำสั่ง
  • order (noun): something that somebody is told to do by somebody in authority - คำสั่ง
  • paperwork: all the reports, forms and documents needed to do some task at work or for the government or the bank, etc - งานหนังสือ (ปฏิบัติการสำนักงาน)
  • pests: insects or small animals which are harmful and annoying - คนหรือสัตว์ที่รบกวน
  • pirate: someone who attacks ships while they are sailing to steal things from them or to hold them in return for money - โจรสลัด
  • plea: an urgent and emotional request - คำร้อง, คำขอ, คำขอร้อง, คำวิงวอน
  • pleading guilty: formally telling a court of law that you did commit the crime you are accused of - รับสารภาพ ให้การว่าได้กระทำผิดตามที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • presence: the fact of being in a particular place, thing or situation - การเข้าร่วม, การมีอยู่
  • private: involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน
  • propaganda: information, especially false information, that a government or organisation spreads in order to influence people’s opinions and beliefs - การโฆษณาชวนเชื่อ,การเผยแพร่,การเผยแผ่
  • protect: to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc - ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน
  • public service announcement: an advertisement on TV or radio to help the people or provide information to them, not to advertise a product -
  • put down (verb): to kill an animal, usually by giving it a drug, usually because it is old or sick - ฆ่าสัตว์อย่างไม่เจ็บปวด
  • quarantine (noun): a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - การกักบริเวณ, การจำกัดบริเวณ
  • reference: mentioning someone or something - การอ้างถึง, การอ้างอิง
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • remorse: the feeling of being extremely sorry for something wrong or bad that you have done - การสำนึกผิด, ความเสียใจ
  • resemble (verb): to be like or look like someone or something else - มีลักษณะคล้ายกับ
  • salon: beauty salon - ร้านเสริมสวย
  • shout: to speak with a very loud voice, often as loud as possible, usually when you want to make yourself heard in noisy situations - ตะโกน
  • smuggling: secretly and illegally taking goods or people into or out of a country or place - การลักลอบ
  • social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
  • staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
  • stress: to emphasise something such as an idea, fact or detail; to explain why something is important - เน้น
  • strict: demanding that rules are obeyed; very careful and exact - เข้มงวด
  • supporter (noun): a person who helps and supports a person, organization or idea - ผู้สนับสนุน
  • supposed to: should do .... -
  • supposed to: expected or required to be; should be - ควรจะ, ควรจะเป็น
  • sweaty (adj): covered in sweat, or smelling of sweat - เปียกเหงื่อ, ชุ่มเหงื่อ
  • take care of: to take action to solve a problem - รับมือกับ, จัดการกับ
  • tale: story - เรื่องเล่า
  • terrible: very bad, having a very poor quality - แย่มาก, ไม่ได้เรื่อง, ห่วย
  • terrier (noun): a type of small active dog, the bull terrier, pit bull terrier, Yorkshire terrier - สุนัขพันธุ์เทอเรียร์
  • terror: violence used for making people very frightened in order to achieve political aims - การก่อการร้าย  การสร้างความหวาดกลัว
  • threat: saying that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - การขู่เข็ญ การคุกคาม ทำให้กลัว
  • threaten: to say you might or will do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - ขู่
  • tone: the quality of somebody's voice, especially expressing a particular emotion - น้ำเสียง, ลักษณะน้ำเสียง
  • treasure trove: valuable things, often things that are found hidden - ขุมทรัพย์, ขุมสมบัติ, สมบัติ
  • unique: being the only one of its kind - ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งเดียว
  • unique: very special, unusual or good - ที่มีลักษณะพิเศษ  เป็นเอกลักษณ์
  • verdict (noun): a decision by a court of law - คำพิพากษา
  • viral: (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it - แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • voice (noun): the sounds that a person makes when they speak or sing - เสียงพูด, เสียงที่เปล่งจากปาก, เสียงร้องเพลง
  • warm (verb): to become more friendly, loving, etc.; to make somebody feel or become more friendly, loving, etc. - ทำให้อุ่นขึ้น, ทำให้อบอุ่น
  • whisked away: taken away from a place quickly -
  • wildlife: animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment - สัตว์ป่า
  • wonderful: very good, pleasant or enjoyable - ดีเยี่ยม
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