Naked Hikers Go Home

Locals in the Swiss Appenzell region are appalled by an apparent rise in numbers of naked hikers and have voted to ban them for good. The phenomenon has otraged many in the conservative canton, where women did not have the right to vote until 1990.

The new law was passed at the traditional annual assembly that takes place on the last Sunday if April. Residents also voted overwhelmingly for a fine of CHF200 (132 Euro or 170 US $) to be imposed anyone found to be hiking in little more that their boots and socks.

Undeterred by the cold, German nudist websites which describe naked hiking as "a special experience of nature, free and healthy" have named the Appenzell region the best place for the pastime, pointing out that it dates back to ancient times.

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