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Feb 10, 2017


The District Attorney’s Office of San Bernardino County has charged Robert Hohberg with 39 misdemeanor counts of violating the California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.  In addition, he will face 16 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. The charges follow an investigation initiated by the Inland Valley Humane Society in January 2016.


It is alleged that the 28,000 hens on the farm were housed in conventional cages, in defiance of regulations promulgated in terms of  2008 California Proposition No. 2.

Hohberg has a history of violations.  In 2012 the FDA issued a warning letter after noting deviations from the Salmonella Prevention Final Rule.

According to the news report in the LA Times, the small farm is obviously an outlier and is not representative of commercial egg production either in California or the U.S.  This is unfortunate since the negligence and intransigence of Hohberg reflects adversely on responsible egg producers and degrades the image of the industry.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney, Mike Ramos stated, “It is a very inhumane situation, if you’re going to harm animals here in the Inland Empire we’re going to hold you responsible”.  He added, “While we are obviously concerned about the health of our citizens, at the end of the day we also have a lawful obligation to ensure that animals in our County are being treated humanely”.

It is the intent of the San Bernardino County to make an example of Hohberg to prevent other farmers in the Inland Valley from mistreating flocks and herds.