High street giants Topshop and Marks & Spencer are going head-to-head in a bid to be named the UK's most animal-friendly fashion retailer.

The two are among five nominees to win the fashion category of the RSPCA Good Business Awards 2008.

Other finalists selected for their outstanding commitment to animal welfare are ethical retailers Romp, knitwear designer Izzy Lane and Natural Collection.

Wayne Hemingway, one of the fashion category judges says the finalists demonstrate "that with dedication and passion, it is possible for fashion retailers to establish profitable business models that position animal welfare at the core."

But he believes "there is still much progress to be made across the industry as a whole."

M&S has a long-standing policy against the use of real fur in any of its products, as well as a continued commitment to ethical sourcing and product traceability; while Topshop requires all suppliers to sign up to the 'Declaration of Ethical Compliance: Animal Products.'

The RSPCA Good Business Awards gala ceremony will be held at the Natural History Museum, London on 9 October 2008.