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According to the BBC, infection rates of koalas in some regions of Australia have reached as high as 90%. But not all the news is bad - chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics while volunteers help rehabilitate the sick. With a vaccine nearing development, now is the time to act and bring the koala back from the brink of extinction.
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Quite possibly one of the cutest animals in existence, the Australian koala is facing serious health dangers. An epidemic of chlamydia has begun to ravage Australia's koala population. In koalas, chlamydia is a nasty bacterial disease with symptoms including blindness, respiratory infections, and even infertility.

Combined with other threats from habitat loss and dog attacks, koalas now face the possibility of extinction. Though chlamydia doesn't directly kill the animals, rendering them infertile means koalas could become extinct in as little as a few decades.

About 40% of Australian female koalas are now infertile. We must intervene if we are to reverse the pattern that could lead these cuddly creatures to extinction.

Sign the petition asking Australia’s Federal Environment Minister to elevate koalas to endangered status and ensure they receive the resources necessary to avert this catastrophe.

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Dear Hon. Greg Hunt, MP:

I am writing to express my concern over the current koala situation in Australia. I've learned that chlamydia is taking a huge toll on the koala population and rendering them infertile. Though chlamydia causes a range of health problems for these adorable animals, infertility is the most ominous as it threatens to extinguish the entire koala population.

Though there are treatment options, once chlamydia enters a koala's urinary tract, the animal is most often rendered infertile. With a vaccine in development, now is the time to grant the animal greater federal protection under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), providing the species with a chance of recovery.

This national emblem deserves national protection, rather than patchwork solutions offered at state and local levels that provide inadequate coverage.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures

Apr 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2017 Carol Wellman
Apr 27, 2017 Jennifer Hale
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Christina Hearns
Apr 24, 2017 Tammy Moodenbaugh
Apr 24, 2017 Paky Clemente
Apr 24, 2017 Carol Lloyd
Apr 24, 2017 Sharmila Perera
Apr 24, 2017 Luisa Melo
Apr 23, 2017 Sharon Bondy
Apr 21, 2017 Debbie Banditelli
Apr 21, 2017 Ursula Thomas
Apr 21, 2017 daniela montalto
Apr 21, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Apr 21, 2017 Carolina Jimenez
Apr 21, 2017 J. Reiling
Apr 20, 2017 Laura LaRocca
Apr 20, 2017 Nina Røstad
Apr 19, 2017 Dawn Ciszar
Apr 19, 2017 Priscilla Auger
Apr 19, 2017 C Marais
Apr 18, 2017 Kim Lacost
Apr 18, 2017 Jerri Berg
Apr 18, 2017 Vanessa Ungaro
Apr 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Apr 18, 2017 Katrina Shawley
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Apr 18, 2017 Francine (Fleur) Dufour (De Champi)
Apr 17, 2017 Luz Soulier
Apr 16, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Apr 15, 2017 Micaela Nelson
Apr 15, 2017 jon Slade
Apr 14, 2017 Amy Borror
Apr 14, 2017 Amanda Treffert
Apr 14, 2017 Nick Marino
Apr 14, 2017 Katie Schemehorn
Apr 14, 2017 Deb Powell
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 13, 2017 Erika McLeod
Apr 13, 2017 SALLY BENARDO
Apr 13, 2017 Kelly Carroll
Apr 13, 2017 Melinda Wright
Apr 11, 2017 Adina Damian
Apr 11, 2017 g wolverton
Apr 11, 2017 Troy Powell
Apr 11, 2017 Teresa Conceiçao

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