Punish Owner of Farm Where 28,000 Hens Were Allegedly Neglected

Target: Mike Ramos, District Attorney for San Bernardino County, California

Goal: Punish owner of allegedly cruel hen farm to the fullest extent of the law.

The owner of an egg farm is facing several animal cruelty charges after officials found tens of thousands of hens in allegedly deplorable conditions. Robert Hohberg of Hohberg Poultry Ranches is facing 39 misdemeanor counts of violating the Californian Farm Animal Protection Act as well as 16 misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. If found guilty on all counts, Hohberg could face several years in jail — 180 days for each Farm Animal Protection Act violation and one year for each charge of animal cruelty — as well as hefty fines.

The investigation started when a tip claimed that animals at the farm were being kept in “inhumane” and “deplorable” conditions. Criminal complaints by investigating officials allege that hens were not provided with the space to spread their wings without being hindered by a cage or other animals, as required by law. There were also reportedly several corpses laying among the live hens, a health threat to both the animals and the humans who consume their eggs. Finally, there were reported to be several cats in the barn preying on hens too helpless to defend themselves.

Unfortunately, this type of cruelty is rampant in the farm industry. Until animal welfare violations are taken more seriously, it will only continue. In order to bring justice to these hens and deter other farmers from putting profit over the welfare of their animals, a tough stance must be taken against this farm owner. Sign the petition below to ask that the maximum possible penalties are sought against Hohberg, if he is found guilty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ramos,

The owner and operator of Hohberg Poultry Ranches is facing several charges of animal cruelty as well as several violations of California’s Farm Animal Protection Act. It is alleged that tens of thousands of hens were kept in inhumane conditions on this farm, including being forced to live alongside the corpses of dead animals. According to complaints, the hens were not given adequate space to spread their wings, and there were cats loose in the barn preying on the helpless animals.

This cruelty in the farming industry will continue until law enforcement takes a tough stance against it. For this reason, we ask that you seek the harshest possible punishment for the owner of this farm.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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10 Comments

  1. Until animals are given the same rights as humans, cruelty will prevail.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi

  2. Another example of why people are moving out of California. The whole state seems to be in shambles. Facing “several charges”. So, the great state will give a warning, if lucky a misdemeanor. These people know they can get away with it! No justice served in California. Too bad for these innocent animals.

  3. TODA LA GENTE EN TODO EL MUNDO TIENE QUE ENTENDER QUE NO PUEDE PASAR SOBRE LOS DERECHOS DE BIENESTAR DE OTRO SER VIVO POR NINGÚN MOTIVO!!!! SI LA GENTE NO SE HACE CONSCIENTE DE ESTA OBLIGACIÓN DETERMINANTE, ENTONCES POR MEDIO DE LA LEY TIENE EL SER HUMANO QUE RESPETAR LA VIDA!!!

  4. what is wrong with the human race, so many sick evil vile people, how they ever get to have animals to start with is beyond me, animals are just not accounted for with respect, low life scum, i hope they suffer all their lives.

  5. If there was a Dante’s hell for animals this sounds like it could have been a level. My God I am forever amazed that people must just throw up their filthy hands turn off their filthy brains and stop caring. They walk away and refuse to ease the suffering that they cause. They leave stray starving cats to prey upon trapped birds as well? How do people’s brains just stop feeling and caring. I hope these girls found sanctuary somewhere and that these callous cruel people who turned a blind eye and chose to ignore suffering go to jail. Somehow we have to do better as a nation for lives under our responsibility.

  6. Jakub Szafran says:

    Does the judgement include the number of animals being mistreated? After all this man would be charged even if he’d own only one of those hens, wouldn’t he?

    IMO the punishment for animal cruelty should be multiplied by the number of animals it concerns. It would then include the real extent of the responsibility.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared 😡

  8. FOR ALL OF THESE GREED AND INHUMANE BREED SOMEONE FORGOT MAIN THINGS IN HUMANES EDUCATION.
    WHO IS IT?

    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

  9. Bev Woodburn says:

    Robert Hohberg of Hohberg Poultry Ranches is facing 39 misdemeanor counts of violating the Californian Farm Animal Protection Act as well as 16 misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.
    Jail the animal torturing monster and the put this subhuman lowlife filth to death. All animal torturers and abusers must be eradicated from this Planet Worldwide.
    No taking this subhuman filth to court just eradicate all animal torturers and abusers asap.

  10. Please impose harsh penalties for animal cruelty. All lives matter!

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