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Hamster Races Get Green Light

Journal Staff Report
    Hamsters may race in Albuquerque after all— as long as they don't run any red lights.
    Mayor Martin Chávez issued an executive order declaring Wednesday "Let the Hamsters Run Day."
    Petco stores had suspended hamster-ball races— in which hamsters enclosed in plastic balls run and roll— to comply with a city law banning animal races.
    Chávez's order "declares hamster racing to be legal in the city as long as they are being treated humanely, there is no betting involved and the hamsters do not run any red lights."
    Petco district manager Rick Nordaker said the chain will hold hamster-ball races at its three city locations on March 31. Similar races are scheduled that day at Petco's 850 stores nationally.
    Petco suspended races at its Duke City stores after the city enacted a pet ordinance that prohibits most kinds of animal racing. The ordinance allows the mayor to make exceptions under some circumstances.