Saturday, December 10, 2011

Naked hiking is legally repugnant in at least one Swiss canton

Switzerland seems to be a land of contradictions.
The BBC reports, Swiss can ban naked hiking, court rules

"Switzerland's highest court has ruled that local authorities can impose fines on people hiking nude in the Alps.
The federal court threw out an appeal by a man who was fined after hiking past a family picnic area with no clothes on.
"Judges said the eastern canton (region) of Appenzell had been entitled to uphold a law on public decency.
"They said the ban on naked hiking was only a marginal infringement on personal freedom.
"The BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says naked hiking is an increasingly popular pastime in Switzerland.
"However, Appenzell is a deeply devout and conservative canton - it only granted women the right to vote in 1990 - and the influx of naked hikers has offended many local people, she adds."

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