Topshop has become the latest retailer to ban the use of angora in its products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.

The UK fashion chain, which is owned by Arcadia Group, said it is investigating the use of alternatives to angora. 

In a statement sent to just-style today (11 December), the company said: "Having listened to the concerns of customers, and further to an in-depth discussion with PETA regarding the use of angora, we have instructed our suppliers to halt the sourcing of product containing angora fibre whilst we investigate alternatives."

The move has also been adopted by companies including Hong Kong-based Esprit, which said it does not accept methods such as live plucking within its production.

H&M, meanwhile, immediately stopped the production of all angora products, while IC Companys' has imposed a ban on the fibre starting with its summer 2014 collection.

Video footage taken by PETA in China, where 90% of the world's angora fur is sourced, showed rabbits having their fur ripped out or being injured while the fur was cut or sheared.