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May 28, 2020 - Channel NewsAsia

INDONESIA: Malnourished coach horses bear the brunt as visitors stay away from Jakarta amid COVID-19

INDONESIA: Malnourished coach horses bear the brunt as visitors stay away from Jakarta amid COVID-19
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It has been more than two months since horse-drawn carriage coachman Agus last provided a proper meal for his horse. Instead, it has to graze on roadside grass or feed on leftover vegetables. "I can no longer afford it," the 52-year-old bemoaned, adding that he usually spent 30,000 rupiah (US$2) to 50,000 rupiah a day on horse feed, which consists of more nutritious rice and grains.

Then there is also the cost of purchasing vitamins and anti-worm medications for his horse. "I can barely feed myself," said Agus, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. Agus and his fellow coachmen lost their livelihood on Mar 14 when the Jakarta government closed all city parks and tourist areas - the only places where horse-drawn carriages are allowed to operate for recreational purposes - to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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