"Save the Whale" Pin

As an expression of their opposition to commercial whaling in the 1970s, established environmental organizations like the National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and World Wildlife Fund embraced the “Save the Whales” slogan, such as used in this pin.
The button is among the more than 1,500 pin-backed environmental buttons that Gerald H. Meral donated to the National Museum of American History. Meral spent his career addressing natural resource concerns for the California state government and California-based non-governmental organizations. He began assembling his button collection in 1970.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 3 cm x 3.9 cm x .6 cm; 1 3/16 in x 1 17/32 in x 1/4 in
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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