(CELEBRITY NEWS/ANIMAL TESTING) The Big Bang Theory star Raj Koothrappali, played by Kunal Nayyar, is the second member of the cast to team up with Cruelty Free International.

Kunal is joining the ranks of celebrities such as: ‘Amy’ on the The Big Bang Theory, played by Mayim Bialik, Sir Paul McCartney, Norman Reedus star of The Walking Dead, comedian Ricky Gervais, and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklange, who all have teamed up with Cruelty Free International to help put an end to cosmetic animal testing.

Keep reading to learn more about Cruelty Free International and their mission to end animal testing. — Global Animal

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“Big Bang Theory” star Kunal Nayyar is teaming up with Cruelty Free International. Photo Credit: Cruelty Free International

Cruelty Free International

Los Angeles: Actor, Kunal Nayyar, is the second of the cast from the award winning show to team up with Cruelty Free International to campaign for a United States ban on animal tests for cosmetics.

Images from the photo shoot, where he posed with his rescue dog “Boba” can be viewed here.

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Kunal, who plays Raj Koothrappali on “The Big Bang Theory,” is joining a number of celebrities in support of alternatives to animal testing. Photo Credit: Cruelty Free International

Kunal said: 

“I am delighted to join the Cruelty Free International campaign to end the use of animals for cosmetics tests around the world. I am proud that in England, where I was born, and in India, where I grew up and have lived for many years, animal testing for cosmetics has  already been banned.  The U.S now has the opportunity to follow suit and I urge everyone to get behind the Humane Cosmetics Act. ”

Kunal, who plays Raj Koothrappali on the hit show ‘The Big Bang Theory’, joins other celebrities, such as ‘Amy’ from the show, Mayim Bialik, in addition to Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Norman Reedus, Peter Dinklage and Ashley Belltogether with cruelty-free cosmetics companies and Cruelty Free International to put the issue of cosmetics testing on animals at the forefront for consumers and policy makers around the world.

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Nayyar is the second “Big Bang Theory” star to take a stand against animal testing. Mayim Blalik is the first. Photo Credit: Cruelty Free International

The call to the U.S government follows cosmetics animal testing bans in the European Union, India and Israel and China’s recent announcement of acceptance of non-animal testing from June 2014.  Yet, despite, the availability of humane non-animal tests, the US continues to allow cruel animal tests for make-up, shampoo, toothpaste and other cosmetics.

Cruelty Free International North America Campaign Manager, Monica Engebretson, stated:   

The recent introduction of the federal Humane Cosmetics Act which now has 30 co-sponsors, and the bipartisan support in the California Senate for the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution, shows that legislators are listening to the American public which, polls show, largely support ending cosmetics testing on animals. Now more than ever, it is time for US voters to make their voices heard.”

Countless animals suffer each year in unnecessary outdated and cruel tests for the cosmetics we use. Visit www.crueltyfreeinternational.org to see what you can do to help animals.