AUSTIN, Texas — A new report from the American Council on Science and Health says that more than half of the state’s tanning saloons are in need of renovation or replacing.
The report, “Tanned Beauty in Texas,” is based on a survey of more than 4,000 people who visited salons and the offices of more of the city’s salons in 2015.
About 20 percent of the salons surveyed were in need for major renovations, while 15 percent were in the process of renovation.
Only about half of salons were in compliance with the state health department’s guidelines for keeping animals out of the salon.
The new report, released Wednesday, includes the findings of an investigation that began in February and includes an in-depth analysis of the problem of animal mistreatment.
The state health secretary said the state has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of animal-related injuries reported to the state.
The study says the number and severity of animal cruelty incidents has decreased significantly, but there is still a high rate of cruelty incidents at many salons.
Salons are not exempt from the state Health Department’s requirements for animal mistreating.
They have to have all of the required signage and signs, such as signs prohibiting animal abuse.
The agency said salons must be equipped with a barrier between the floor and the animal.