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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

May 6, 2015 Zelia Broyles
May 6, 2015 claudia baptista
May 6, 2015 Michelle Brikker
May 5, 2015 jan l.
May 5, 2015 Sandra Keswick
May 5, 2015 Annette Re
May 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 JOJO MOJO
May 4, 2015 Ron Ball
May 4, 2015 jennifer shelton
May 4, 2015 Laura Berry
May 4, 2015 Judith Lane
May 4, 2015 SCOT STIER
May 4, 2015 licelia rivera
May 4, 2015 Catina Feresin
May 4, 2015 Christine Bennett Save our bushland and there will be a HUGE reduction in koala losses... animals need habitat, food and shelter. STOP THE CHOP ON GUM TREES!!
May 4, 2015 linda wright
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2015 diana castaneda Please help these koalas. They need our help more than ever. Please help them please.
May 3, 2015 Karen Crapps
May 3, 2015 nicole thieme
May 3, 2015 Alice Sather
May 2, 2015 Raquel Serrano
May 2, 2015 Jacqueline Schalk
May 2, 2015 Charlene Tallarida
May 2, 2015 Destiny Jones
May 2, 2015 philippe dohen
May 1, 2015 Catherine Critz
May 1, 2015 Sue Cayea
May 1, 2015 Boulet France
May 1, 2015 Cindy Holland
May 1, 2015 Rebecca Belanger
May 1, 2015 Bianka Guerra
May 1, 2015 Stephen Lafferty
May 1, 2015 Michael Ryan
May 1, 2015 Michelle dust
May 1, 2015 Penny Gregorich
May 1, 2015 SHANNON FORD
May 1, 2015 laure garrel
May 1, 2015 Lydia DUBUISSON
May 1, 2015 David McElhose
May 1, 2015 Charise Peters
Apr 30, 2015 Susan Cybulski
Apr 30, 2015 Cindy Legler
Apr 30, 2015 Eilene Reizer
Apr 30, 2015 Kim Verbeke
Apr 30, 2015 joan gordon
Apr 30, 2015 franca fusari

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