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an ironic twist in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial, Dr. Conrad Murray's
defense team has reportedly commissioned tests on animals in an apparent effort
to dispute charges that the doctor killed the King of Pop, who was famous for
his love of animals.
news reports, Murray's lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, revealed "in open court
had commissioned his own
study about the oral ingestion of [p]ropofol." A source close to
Murray told RadarOnline.com, "A study was done on [b]eagle dogs to determine
how much [p]ropofol would have to be orally consumed to cause death. … The
study definitely involved more than two dogs. It's unknown if the dogs died or
suffered any harm."
In toxicology tests, large doses of chemicals are pumped into dogs'
bodies, slowly poisoning them. Not only are these tests cruel and irrelevant to
human health, they are also redundant because substantial data are publicly
available about the oral toxicity of propofol in dogs, humans, and other
tests are also in potential violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which
prohibits procedures on animals that "unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments."
has filed a complaint with the State Bar of California and is urging the U.S. Department
of Agriculture to also investigate how and why the cruel
test reportedly commissioned by Murray's defense team was approved and to issue
citations and fines for any violations of the AWA. We will keep you updated as
the case progresses.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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