As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Ill-treated animals cry for help at Jatinegara

Indra Budiari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Tue, May 12 2015, 1:04 PM

Hundreds of people crowded the Jatinegara Bird Market in East Jakarta one afternoon over the weekend to buy pets or casually stroll around while looking at the birds and other animals.

Reno Arfan, 27, said he had come from Bekasi, West Java, with his friends to find an affordable local canary for his father. He said he had heard the market had a wide variety of birds at an affordable price.

“We found a beautiful gold canary for Rp 250,000 (US$19) from a vendor there,” he told The Jakarta Post, pointing to a vendor on the curb of a densely packed road.

Best known for its birds, the market also has various cats, fish, monkeys and other animals, which come from regions across the archipelago. Some of the vendors focus on selling just cages or animal feed rather than animals. Just a few kilometers from Jatinegara, a similar market can be found on Jl. Pramuka, also in East Jakarta.

For some people, the market is a sad sight, as many of the animals are not treated with respect.

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