(CELEBRITY NEWS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Olympic runner Nick Symmonds is the latest to star in PETA’s celebrity campaign against cosmetic animal testing.

Nick Symmonds fights cosmetic testing on animals in new PETA campaign.
U.S. Olympian Nick Symmonds is the most recent star to campaign for PETA. Photo Credit: PETA

By campaigning for PETA, Symmonds joins the ever-growing number of PETA spokespeople including Dave Navarro, Pamela Anderson, and Alicia Silverstone.

The ad features Symmonds with his shaggy bunny companion, Mortimer, and debuted for crowds of holiday shoppers at Santa Monica, California’s 3rd Street Promenade on Monday afternoon.

Symmonds’ ad reminds shoppers to buy products that don’t test on animals with the words, “Leave Animal Testing in the Dust. Never Buy Products Tested on Bunnies!”

“Mortimer lives a very blessed life…[and] all animals should be so fortunate and should not be subjected to these terrible, terrible tests,” Symmonds said in an exclusive interview with PETA.

PETA said in a statement:

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed in unreliable cosmetics tests, which are not required by law in the U.S. and have been banned in the European Union, Israel, and India.

Fortunately, many companies — including LUSH, Urban Decay, Paul Mitchell Systems, and The Body Shop — use only modern non-animal methods to test their products and ingredients. PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” guide to cruelty-free cosmetics is available here.

Watch Symmonds’ exclusive interview with PETA in the video below.

— Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal