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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. Mark Butler, PM:

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 20, 2014 Diana Spencer
Apr 20, 2014 maxene bowers
Apr 20, 2014 Ruth Schroeder
Apr 20, 2014 jorge belloso
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 Cathy Cadwell Help cure chlamydia, save these koalas from extiction!
Apr 20, 2014 janice seipel
Apr 20, 2014 Gilbert-Joseph Hache'-Gallant
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2014 Maria Dessy
Apr 19, 2014 kathleen bird
Apr 19, 2014 Robin Giesen
Apr 19, 2014 balinda farris
Apr 19, 2014 Juanita Leone
Apr 19, 2014 brian dzwoniarek
Apr 19, 2014 MARSHA McIntire
Apr 19, 2014 Matthias Haess
Apr 19, 2014 Jennifer Weinberg
Apr 19, 2014 Florence Matranga Earth can not afford to lose another species.
Apr 19, 2014 tina howard
Apr 19, 2014 Jody Draznin Please put these precious animals under federal environmental protection. They are an integral part of our ecosystem and must thrive. Thank you.
Apr 18, 2014 Scott Hill
Apr 18, 2014 Chandra Gosain
Apr 18, 2014 Regina Milione
Apr 18, 2014 Mary Sanchez
Apr 18, 2014 Sally Klinke
Apr 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2014 caroline meyer
Apr 18, 2014 siegfried schwarz
Apr 18, 2014 dominique françoise weber
Apr 18, 2014 Marilyn Weber
Apr 18, 2014 AnnMarie Hodgson
Apr 18, 2014 Lisa Drolet
Apr 18, 2014 Jessica Kowalski
Apr 18, 2014 jennifer mesheh
Apr 18, 2014 Diana Drummond
Apr 18, 2014 Karly O'neill
Apr 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2014 Samantha struthers
Apr 18, 2014 Abigail Azzopardi
Apr 17, 2014 John Miller
Apr 17, 2014 Lynnette Anderson
Apr 17, 2014 Robin Layman-Atkins
Apr 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) It's not humanely right to let any animal suffer if something can be done about it...
Apr 17, 2014 camicase cleopatra
Apr 17, 2014 kristi thurman
Apr 17, 2014 Connie Manning
Apr 17, 2014 Gertraud Fauner
Apr 17, 2014 Christine Antoniadis
Apr 17, 2014 Konstantina Kanellopoulou

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