Lots of people knock Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) for its crime and poverty but the city does one thing very well: it is very generous in its provisions for urban livestock. The city is also rigorous in its defense of animal rights and well-being. City Ordinances, Chapter 9 (Health, Safety, and Sanitation) is available via www.cabq.gov/living and you have to navigate to an external Web site. Here are the rules in an eggshell: - You can have up to 15 poultry birds per household, only one of whom can be a rooster. - You're not allowed to let any animal go running at large. - If you take your pet on a walk around the neighborhood, it must be leashed and you have to clean up the droppings. - You're not allowed to fight or race your chickens but you're allowed to kill and eat meat poultry. - If you keep birds, indoors or outdoors, you must clean the cage at least once a week. - Animals cannot be overcrowded and must be provided with enough space. (no factory farms here, HOORAY!) - Animals must have access to sufficient food, water, and shelter - Crates are not allowed as outdoor confinement: only a secure fence will do - If you cook and serve poultry it must be cooked uniformly to at least 165 degrees for safety, you can't do it in a temporary food service vehicle, and you have to wash your hands.