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"Not sushi"

If you'd like to see less scientific whaling, and more whales in the ocean then give this card to a friend, or send it as a protest.


Time required: 10 minutes
Level: medium
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How to Make this Card...

First print this page
Then cut-out the paper shapes below
And follow the steps lower down
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Remember to cut out the shapes on the next page carefully.
Please read the instructions and follow each step.
I have included pictures to make it easy for you...

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The Cut-Outs...

Print out this page and carefully cut out the shapes

Make sure ALL of the images have appeared on this page before you print. If you have a slower dial-up connection this can take up to 40 seconds.

The steps...

Before you make this card please read the instructions below...


The Instructions...


Some advice on the steps pictured above:

  1. Cut a small slit for the whale's fin. Be careful - don't use anything too sharp.
  1. Fold the card along the dotted lines, then open it up again.
  1. Fold the base of the fin along the dotted lines as shown in the picture. (But don't fold the fin itself).
  1. Glue the fin-base onto the card. Stick it exactly over the markings on the card. Let dry.
  1. Glue the whale onto the fin-base. See how the fin fits nicely through the slit.
  1. Beautiful! Now let the glue dry.
  1. Carefully close the card and see how the whale folds neatly.
  1. Congratulations. You're ready to POP!




About this card

The death of a whale is neither quick nor painless.

Whales are social mammals with exceptionally large brains. They are capable of enjoying life and of feeling physical pain much as we do. Whaling can cause grief among other whales in the pod. Scientists say that other whales behave as if they have lost a friend or family member.

Some of the men who have whaled in the past and have retired talk about what they did. They know what it means to hunt whales today. They know what happens when countries like Japan go on the hunt after increasing numbers.

Multiple harpoons are often needed. The ship is moving, the whale is moving, and a total miss is not unusual. "The notion that there was one shot almost never happens," one ex-whaler says. "I think you will find that the average number of shots per animal was at least three, maybe four. It's cruel. There's no doubt about it..."

Source: Andrew Darby's book Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling (Allen & Unwin), extract published in The Sydney morning Herald Weekend Edition 4-5 August 2007.