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Keep the sea free, Project Jonah : Orca (Killer Whale)

Date: 1974 - 1987
Dimensions:
Overall: 40 x 40 mm
Medium: Plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Project Jonah
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Badge
Object No: 00001028

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    Description
    A round badge reading 'Keep the sea free, Project Jonah' and depicting a Killer Whale with the inscription 'Orca (Killer Whale)' beneath. Memorabilia from a conservation campaign by Project Jonah.
    SignificanceThe anti whaling movement in Australia has been instrumental in whale conervation and has ensured and encouraged all Australians be aware of the issue. It's strong early stance has also seen the Australian government be a vocal member of the anti whaling movement on the world stage.
    HistoryProject Jonah was formed in Australia in the early 1970s and is operated in a purely voluntary way. It works to "conserve whales by means of public education, advocacy and policy formulation. It provides a voice for those people in the community who want to indicate their views on threats to whales and support proposals to conserve them. We assist with whale stranding’s and have worked successfully to outlaw the cruel public display of whales from most of Australia." (Mosley, G., Submission to Inquiry into Definition of Charities and Related Organisations by Project Jonah Vict Inc., 2000). Its early primary goal was to make people aware what was happening; get involved in whale protection and to lobby the Australian and New Zealand governments to use their law making powers and membership of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to stop local and international whaling.
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