Justice for Horses Whose Tails Were Chopped Off

Target: United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska Deborah R. Gilg

Goal: Locate and punish horse tail thieves allegedly operating in Nebraska.

In a series of incidents across Nebraska, brash thieves are reportedly sneaking onto ranch land and chopping off horses’ tails with scissors. In a well-covered instance, thieves allegedly trespassed on land owned by Bruce and Vickie Tompkins, which they use to house their rescued mini-horses and donkeys. At least two other horse owners report similar thefts. The sheriff’s office has issued warnings for horse owners to be on alert, but no other action has been taken.

Horse hair sells for over $400 a pound to the beauty and haberdashery industries for use as hatbands or human hair extensions. This makes it a prime source for thieves brave enough to trespass on their owners’ land and stand behind a horse long enough to cut off the tail. Sadly, the horses lose their only means of swatting at flies and their owners are left feeling as violated as they would if their houses were burgled.

Demand these thefts are investigated, the culprits found, and the appropriate action taken to punish them for their crimes and prevent such incidents in the future.


Dear Attorney Gilg,

As part of America’s heartland, Nebraska is home to many horses and even more horse lovers. Unfortunately, that also makes it a target for thieves seeking to profit from the sale of horse hair to industries that will pay $400 a pound and up. The hair is used to make hatbands and hair extensions for the wealthy.

In several incidents across the state, thieves have allegedly been trespassing on the owners’ land and cruelly hacking off the horses’ only defense against flies – their tails, leaving the horses with significantly shortened, and virtually useless tails, and leaving the owners feeling violated.

We demand these incidents are investigated and the perpetrators caught, prosecuted, and punished to the fullest extent possible.


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  1. Find them and “steal” their dicks. But seriously spay and neuter all criminals who cause physical harm. Please. I would donate money for that cause.

  2. Not just us nebraskans it’s in Montana Wyoming an other states

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