Tiffany Briscoe is the Boston Tea Party's Presidential Nominee for 2012. She has weighed in on the "bestiality is a victimless crime" debate by sharing her views on the subject:
Let me be clear. I strongly believe bestiality is anti-natural. But if an individual wants to engage him or herself into such an activity, it is entirely up to this individual. I condemn all anti-bestiality laws, just like I condemn bestiality itself. But this should be a decision taken by the person involved, rather than the government.
The issue of whether bestiality is a victimless crime became an issue when Carl Person, a candidate for the Libertarian Party's Presidential Nomination, wrote the following on or about November 8, 2011:
The victimless crimes are prostitution, bestiality, sodomy, drugs, abortion, and the principles are that we shouldn't be regulating what people do to themselves, and the cost of the regulation should be saved and returned to taxpayers, to reduce taxes, and enable the economy to grow with commerce instead of with prisoners, private jails and private jail guards...Bestiality as a victimless crime would center on two elements: 1. "property rights" - limiting the practice to one's own animals or with wild animals (not owned by anyone) and 2. "consent" and/or "non-injury" - if the animal is willing and is not injured in the process. If the animal is already dead, the victimless crime would become a variant of necromancy, and have to be analyzed in a similar fashion. I'm not a practitioner or advocate of bestiality and am only trying to apply Libertarian principles to a seldom discussed victimless crime.
Tiffany Briscoe criticized Carl Person for raising this issue in a campaign for the office of President of the United States and says it reflects "the loss of freedom-based principles" by the Libertarian Party. Specifically, she said:
Strictly on a philosophical standpoint, bestiality is probably consistent with the reasonable theory that rights apply only to humans and not animals or plants. But this should not be an issue to be discussed on the federal level. The federal government has no business in making such decisions and the fact that a big-L Libertarian presidential candidate is mentioning this shows the loss of freedom-based principles by the Libertarian Party.
Tiffany Renee Briscoe received the Boston Tea Party's nomination for President on December 23, 2011 through the party's online nominating convention. Ms. Briscoe is an American businesswoman who owns Tiffany of Elegance, a retail store specializing in apparel, handbags, and perfume. She was recognized by Cambridge Who's Who in 2011 for "demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in retail." Ms. Briscoe resides in Laurel, Maryland and earned an Associates Degree in General Studies from Howard Community College. Ms. Briscoe's website is at http://tiffanybriscoe2012.weebly.com/
The Boston Tea Party was founded in 2006 and has the following one sentence platform: “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.”