Esprit said it will undertake “extensive investigation” of credible and certifiable Angora farms

Esprit said it will undertake “extensive investigation” of credible and certifiable Angora farms

Hong Kong-based fashion business Esprit has become the latest company 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.

Esprit said as long as the industry "lacks credible certification and proof" that it complies with policies on animal welfare, it will continue to impose a ban on angora wool.

"Esprit does not accept methods such as live plucking within its production - neither on geese, ducks or on rabbits," said Charles Dickinson, head of global quality management and sustainability for Esprit.

"We also believe that it is the brand's responsibility to maintain a compliant supply chain and to take appropriate action if one of the stakeholders fails to adhere to the standards."

The company added it will undertake "extensive investigation" of credible and certifiable angora farms and in parallel research alternative materials.

"The ban on the sourcing of angora wool will be in place until control and transparency can be obtained in the angora wool supply chain that assures proper animal husbandry," Esprit said.

Last week, fashion retailer H&M joined IC Companys, owner of the Tiger of Sweden, By Malene Birger and Peak Performance brands, in banning the use of angora in all of its products. H&M has immediately stopped the production of all angora products, while IC Companys' ban will be effective from its summer 2014 collection.

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.