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An animal welfare charity has saved 1800 dogs from the cooking pot in South Korea - and rehomed some with loving families in the UK.
Nara the jindo in Devon, Robin the Maltese-cross in Oxfordshire, Millie the spaniel in Staffordshire, and Sandie the Labrador in Nottinghamshire are just some of the 30 dogs that were fated to have been amongst the more than one million dogs who will be electrocuted, butchered and eaten during Bok Nal this year.
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Last year, the Humane Society UK helped rescue them when a 71-year-old dog meat farmer asked for their help in escaping the controversial trade.
Known as the 'dog meat days', South Korean mark the hottest days of the lunar calendar - July 12, July 22, August 11 - during which many will eat dog meat soup, known as Boshintang, in the belief that it will cool the blood and boost energy.
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Although the practice of eating dog is fast dying out in the country, the days, called Bok Nal still sees an upswing in consumption even among Koreans who would never eat it any other time of the year.
HSI UK's Wendy Higgins was part of the charity's rescue team that saved Nara, Robin, Millie and Sandie, along with the other 200 dogs on the farm, who now live in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands.
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She told MailOnline 'The public mood in South Korea is starting to turn against dog meat, but for those dogs still caught up in this industry, life on a dog meat farm is extremely harsh.
'Dogs are confined their whole lives in small, barren, filthy cages exposed to the bitter cold of winter and searing heat of summer. Many cages have wire mesh floors, meaning dogs suffer painful sores to their paws and haunches.
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