French fashion retailer The Kooples is being urged to stop selling angora and fur products in light of a new investigation which is said to have exposed “shocking” conditions at Chinese farms. 

According to animal rights group PETA, The Kooples has ignored appeals and is yet to join more than 110 brands – including Calvin Klein, H&M, Benetton and Bestseller – in permanently dropping angora wool from its collections. 

During unannounced inspections of five farms in China's Shandong and Zhejiang provinces, which had been deemed 'humane', PETA US says it discovered abuse worse than previously reported. 

The group claims rabbits had their fur ripped from their skin, and suffered from medical conditions, including eye infections, inner-ear infections, debilitating neurological diseases, heat stress and respiratory diseases. 

“Shoppers now know that rabbits suffer immensely – and even scream in pain – as the fur is violently ripped from their sensitive skin for angora products,” says PETA senior manager of corporate projects Yvonne Taylor. 

“And with opinion polls showing that 95% of people would never wear real fur, The Kooples stands alone on the British high street in its endorsement of those two horrifically cruel industries.” 

A recent PETA exposé of the Origin Assured scheme found animals on fur farms in Europe and North America living in cramped wire cages before being electrocuted, gassed or poisoned. The scheme, set up by the International Fur Federation (IFF) and other industry players, attempts to reassure consumers about the treatment of animals farmed for fur.