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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

Oct 30, 2014 Tracy Smith
Oct 29, 2014 Miquel López López
Oct 29, 2014 Caroline Satterfield
Oct 29, 2014 Kristen Bossert
Oct 29, 2014 autumn alexander
Oct 29, 2014 ANA ALMIRON
Oct 29, 2014 Betty Hosner
Oct 29, 2014 Amy Whitfield
Oct 29, 2014 Irena Durakic-Edwards
Oct 29, 2014 Melissa Warfield Here is a saying for you. "If pets, like us, have one precious life to live each. Why not their wild cousins? Animals are people too".
Oct 29, 2014 Christiane Santos
Oct 29, 2014 Alfred Montgomery
Oct 29, 2014 Andrea Russell
Oct 29, 2014 Debbie Gahan
Oct 29, 2014 maureen boag
Oct 29, 2014 Josephine McKissen
Oct 29, 2014 Judith Jabour
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 linda ventriglia
Oct 28, 2014 Hailey Lorino
Oct 28, 2014 Terry Weirich Please Save the koalas!
Oct 28, 2014 Ofelia Lam
Oct 28, 2014 bruna longinotti
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 roberta ross
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 Arlene Kelly
Oct 28, 2014 Deborah Arnold
Oct 28, 2014 ilse jaspers
Oct 27, 2014 Maureen McCoy
Oct 27, 2014 Sheena Warren
Oct 27, 2014 klaas van Santen
Oct 27, 2014 Cindy Baker
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2014 Rijkea Lammertse Save Koala's!!!!!!!
Oct 27, 2014 wilma lagrand
Oct 27, 2014 roberta morse Protect them now...
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2014 Billye Moffatt
Oct 26, 2014 Naomi Jansen van Vuuren
Oct 26, 2014 kris w
Oct 26, 2014 Meghan Soukup
Oct 26, 2014 Katie Hourahan
Oct 26, 2014 brenda rister
Oct 26, 2014 Maryann Mendoza
Oct 26, 2014 Phyllis cafagna
Oct 26, 2014 Charlotte Chavez
Oct 26, 2014 Avelina Tomova
Oct 26, 2014 Dorothy Peier

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