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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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