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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.
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 46,382
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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

Jul 31, 2015 Amanda Quintanar
Jul 31, 2015 Mary Cook
Jul 31, 2015 Marissa Kozerski
Jul 31, 2015 Sandra Getchel
Jul 31, 2015 Eternity Guillen
Jul 31, 2015 Kimberly langdale
Jul 31, 2015 Kiara Curtin
Jul 31, 2015 Dayana Viscarra
Jul 31, 2015 Cindy Miller
Jul 31, 2015 Marce Walsh We must be the voices for the animals!
Jul 31, 2015 staci kohlbeck
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 maria pacifico
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 marlene fernandez
Jul 31, 2015 Sandra Mas
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Diane Myers
Jul 30, 2015 ruth ferguson
Jul 30, 2015 Lori Tucker
Jul 30, 2015 Janine Paulin
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Kayla Parisien
Jul 30, 2015 melissa scott Something MUST be done! Save the Koala Bear!!!!!! Please help them they are suffering and do not deserve this.
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Donna Vitale
Jul 30, 2015 Susan Weeks
Jul 30, 2015 Erika Agnew
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Jodeen Mikkelsen
Jul 30, 2015 janet feinstein Without a doubt, the koalas warrant national protection!
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Tatjana Kink
Jul 30, 2015 Riccardo Volta
Jul 30, 2015 amneris maffei
Jul 29, 2015 Julie Tanner
Jul 29, 2015 Dominique Oldham
Jul 29, 2015 RACHAEL PAZ
Jul 29, 2015 Bindiya Padmanabha
Jul 29, 2015 Kitty Mer-Kitty All animals have the right to live free in their natural habitat, koalas are a national treasure and it is our duty to protect them. Wake up government and save our koalas NOW!
Jul 29, 2015 Oksana Boss
Jul 29, 2015 Ashley Ely
Jul 29, 2015 Shan Preadmore
Jul 29, 2015 Natalie Dixon
Jul 29, 2015 Ruth Wagner
Jul 29, 2015 Melissa Mendell
Jul 29, 2015 Nidal Sealey

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