Campaigners claim that some two million cats including pets stolen from the streets are killed for their fur each year in China. Photo / 123RF (Photo:celebrity dresses)

Fur from cats has been used illegally on shoes sold in Britain by the popular youth fashion brand Missguided.

Although clothing chains have made a point of switching to fake fur because of cruelty concerns, an investigation found shoes, gloves and hats sold by leading retailers contained the real thing.

Several have removed products from sale and begun their own investigations after being alerted to the problem, according to the Daily Mail.

The products were made in China using fur from cats, raccoon dogs, rabbits, mink and fox. Campaigners claim that some two million cats including pets stolen from the streets are killed for their fur and meat each year in China.

Animal protection group Humane Society International (HSI) investigated after a shopper suspected a £35 ($62) pair of Missguided's shoes - pink high-heel sandals with a pompom decoration - used real fur.

Donna Allison was not satisfied with an assurance from the Manchester-based firm via its Twitter account that only fake fur is used in the products it sells.

The shoes, which were sold both online and at its Westfield Stratford store in east London, list only man-made materials on the label. However, laboratory tests confirmed that the pompoms were made from cat fur.

Allison said: "I find it horrifying that Missguided and other retailers are selling real fur."

The import and sale of fur from domestic cats and dogs has been banned across the EU since 2009. Details of the Missguided shoes have been passed to trading standards for investigation. In further laboratory tests, another pair of shoes from Missguided tested positive for rabbit fur.Read more at:cheap formal dresses