Fashion retailer H&M has 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 after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.

While insisting that its products only use angora rabbit hair from farms with good animal husbandry, H&S says it has "immediately stopped the production of all angora products until we have secured that our strict product policy is being followed."

It adds that it will issue concerned customers with a full refund if they return an angora product bought at H&M.

The move follows similar action by Danish fashion group IC Companys, which 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."

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.