APPENZELL, Switzerland — Voters in the heart of the Swiss Alps have banned naked hiking after dozens of mostly German nudists started rambling through their picturesque region.
By a show of hands citizens of the tiny canton of Appenzell Inner Rhodes voted overwhelmingly at their traditional open-air annual assembly to impose a $176 fine on violators.
Only a scattering of people on Sunday opposed the ban on the back-to-nature activity that took off last autumn.
The cantonal government recommended the ban after determining that citizens had found nude hiking to be "thoroughly disturbing and irritating."
A similar legal move is expected in neighboring Appenzell Outer Rhodes with legislation being prepared against "this shameless behavior."
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