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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

Sep 22, 2014 Rachel Whelan Protect Koalas
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Tina Frier
Sep 22, 2014 joanne shrimpton
Sep 22, 2014 Sibel Kaplan
Sep 22, 2014 Margriet Kool
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Alp Arslan
Sep 22, 2014 Lisa Northrup
Sep 22, 2014 Peggy Wildsmith
Sep 22, 2014 Katja Sibakov
Sep 22, 2014 Wendy Wilsonm
Sep 22, 2014 Valeria Otazu
Sep 22, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Sep 21, 2014 sonali sinha
Sep 21, 2014 Sandra Proaño
Sep 21, 2014 Pamela Haun
Sep 21, 2014 marjan shokri
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 21, 2014 Dawn West STOP these beauties becoming extinct .SAVE THEM
Sep 21, 2014 Jo Smith
Sep 20, 2014 Tomoko Tamaki
Sep 20, 2014 Julie Wines
Sep 20, 2014 paul cole
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 20, 2014 Dorothy Chandler
Sep 20, 2014 Phillippa Hilsden
Sep 20, 2014 Heba Latif
Sep 19, 2014 Ellysian Paredes
Sep 19, 2014 john kilroy
Sep 19, 2014 Deborah Partignton
Sep 19, 2014 Julie Paul
Sep 19, 2014 Kim Gray
Sep 19, 2014 Gabi Harper
Sep 19, 2014 Taylor King
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Annalisa Clearihue
Sep 19, 2014 Danny Kline
Sep 19, 2014 Arlene Kelly
Sep 19, 2014 karen watton
Sep 19, 2014 patrick vonck
Sep 19, 2014 Richard Tingblad
Sep 19, 2014 Caroline Harris look after these precious creatures
Sep 19, 2014 Susan Stanley
Sep 18, 2014 Jennifer Adkins
Sep 18, 2014 Deirdra Moncue
Sep 18, 2014 Jonathan Hughett
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 Ian whitelaw

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