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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

Jul 19, 2018 Elvira Trebesius
Jul 19, 2018 Kathie Boley
Jul 19, 2018 Indee Brooke
Jul 19, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 19, 2018 Chris Nuzum
Jul 19, 2018 Debra Cahill
Jul 19, 2018 Vickie Janetos
Jul 19, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName79531854789321 jmetetlastName87275043893682 jmeterComment4356
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName314746532865223 jmetetlastName757541579651159 jmeterComment4962
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Jul 18, 2018 Karen Burger
Jul 18, 2018 Ansena Drinkwater
Jul 18, 2018 shirley cooksley
Jul 18, 2018 Jennifer HOST-SIMON
Jul 18, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 17, 2018 Katia Pastorello
Jul 17, 2018 Scott Wilhelm
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Bree Gosselink
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt
Jul 17, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 17, 2018 Cynthia Elsensohn
Jul 17, 2018 DEB PADOVANO
Jul 17, 2018 Debbie Christner
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Deborah Salivar-Keene
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 Linda McIntyre
Jul 16, 2018 Linda Wright God put them here. Leave them alone
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 12, 2018 Shelia Ellis
Jul 7, 2018 Francis Servaege
Jul 6, 2018 Anneke Ruys
Jul 4, 2018 Dianne Channell
Jul 1, 2018 Franca Coleman
Jul 1, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jun 30, 2018 Dr. Kelsey
Jun 30, 2018 Paul Foulger
Jun 29, 2018 Terri Szabacsan
Jun 29, 2018 Nathan Kirby
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 Karen Supplee
Jun 29, 2018 caro Andrews
Jun 29, 2018 mina rosen
Jun 29, 2018 Karen Bellen

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