Spanish retail group Inditex, owner of the Zara fashion brand, has joined a raft of apparel companies in halting the use of angora wool in all of its products.

According to its policy on products of animal origin, Inditex is carrying out visits to all angora wool farms in its supply chain and putting in place an independent certification process to confirm their compliance with the group's requirements.

"Inditex will not place any further order with any supplier for products containing angora wool until each relevant facility has been inspected again and the findings reviewed, following the Inditex audit protocol," a statement on its website says.

Retailers have come up against mounting pressure to completely ban the use of angora in their products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.

Video footage taken by PETA 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.

PVH Corp, Asos, Ted Baker are among the retailers that have banned angora in their products, while Primark, New Look, and Marks & Spencer (M&S) have opted to halt production of angora products while investigations are underway. 

Separately, Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has been criticised by the animal rights group for continuing to buy and sell products made with angora.

However, when contacted by just-style today (20 December), the company said: "H&M Group has decided to end the production of angora products. The stop is effective immediately. 

"We have been in close dialogue with PETA for several years and as a responsible company we have decided to permanently cease the use of angora."