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Jackson Death Case Defense Team Tests on Dogs

Written by PETA | October 17, 2011


In 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.

According to news reports, Murray’s lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, revealed “in open court that he had commissioned his own study about the oral ingestion of [p]ropofol.” A source close to Murray told, “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 animals. The tests are also in potential violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which prohibits procedures on animals that “unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments.”

PETA 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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  • Thavy Lor says:

    Disgusting & low moral approach. Killing Michael Jackson, who was an animals lover wasn’t enough? How many innocent lives this shameful guy will kill? Enough!!! Just convict Murray; impose a maximum sentence on aggravated manslaughter if not murder.

  • Debbie says:

    I agree with Carla. Any sympathy I had for Murray is gone.

  • Brenda says:

    You sick SOB!! If you knew Michael Jackson at all, He loved ANIMALS and would be totally disgusted with what you are doing to innocent voiceless dogs just to prove your point!

  • Irene Leggett says:

    Once again, innocent animals suffer to try and justify smeone else’s judgement. Shame on the so-called doctor especially when the whole world already knows the effects of this drug.

  • Kay Farrell says:

    It wasn’t enough for Michael Jackson to die because of his insomnia; now he’s turning over in his grave thinking about the suffering of those poor dogs to try to get the doctor off. Disgusting & cruel.

  • Carla* says:

    Violations?? Absolutely!! I (small percent) was feeling compassion for Dr. Murray… NOT anymore!! He stooped to the lowest level to achieve something that should not be allowed as evidence, it’s a dog for pete’s sake body size and gene makeup is completely different … Shame on you “Mr.” Murray for stooping so low!! I only hope the dogs are not dead and in safe hands… one can only pray.

  • Gisela says:

    Oh no ! I can’t believe this. We have to stop this!