Fashion group IC Companys is to ban the use of angora in all of its products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.

"No product is so important for the market and certainly not for us as a company that it justifies this mistreatment of animals," IC Companys said in a statement.

"The practices shown in the documentary are clearly not in line with our policy and we will do our utmost to stop this practice."

The company, whose brands include Tiger of Sweden, By Malene Birger and Peak Performance, says its ban on the use of angora wool applies to all products that are not yet in production - so will be effective from the summer 2014 collection.

"We will only begin using angora again when we are able to set up a supply chain with full transparency in terms on animal welfare issues on the angora rabbit farms," it added.

"We have already started this process with our production offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai."

Fashion retailer H&M has also responded to the PETA documentary, saying it only accepts products made of angora rabbit hair from farms with good animal husbandry.

H&M also says its sub-suppliers, such as farms, are subjected to unannounced audits each season, and that it monitors the angora farms to ensure its requirements are being followed.

Video footage taken by the animal rights group in China - the source of 90% of the world's angora fur - showed rabbits having their fur ripped out or being injured while the fur is cut or sheared.

"In China, there are no penalties for animal abuse on rabbit farms and no standards that regulate the treatment of animals," it said.