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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: 47,172
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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

Oct 13, 2015 Richard Lemache
Oct 13, 2015 Penny Slack
Oct 13, 2015 ANNIE PEYSSON
Oct 13, 2015 Robert Ouellette
Oct 13, 2015 Carmen Stigen
Oct 12, 2015 Dawn Hiddemen
Oct 12, 2015 Κατερίνα Αγγελοπούλου
Oct 12, 2015 J. Jesus Ramirez
Oct 12, 2015 Orva M Gullett
Oct 12, 2015 Laura Sharp please help these poor bears
Oct 12, 2015 Emily Berlin
Oct 12, 2015 daphne braga
Oct 12, 2015 Eileen Sands
Oct 12, 2015 Alvalu Sides
Oct 12, 2015 Tammy Handelong
Oct 11, 2015 Perrine FRINDEL
Oct 11, 2015 Nathalie Leroy
Oct 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2015 jocelyne de poorter
Oct 10, 2015 Holly Corder
Oct 10, 2015 Catherine chambers
Oct 10, 2015 Gill Bourne
Oct 9, 2015 kelly caffrey
Oct 9, 2015 Jacqueline Johnson
Oct 9, 2015 Julie Crook
Oct 9, 2015 Michelle Harris
Oct 9, 2015 Joanne Dengler Please do not let the adorable Koalas become extinct.
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Lene Stagis
Oct 9, 2015 Andres Vargas
Oct 9, 2015 JILL Chapman
Oct 9, 2015 меdi valaji
Oct 9, 2015 Gail Vosler
Oct 8, 2015 Richard Skoler
Oct 8, 2015 Lynn Miller
Oct 8, 2015 Marco Salustri
Oct 8, 2015 Michelle Wilson
Oct 7, 2015 Meredith Clayton
Oct 7, 2015 Jack Dove
Oct 7, 2015 Blair Embry
Oct 7, 2015 Michelle Barbour
Oct 7, 2015 Jessica Strutz
Oct 7, 2015 Maru Chary
Oct 7, 2015 jessica Guillaume
Oct 7, 2015 Doris Hufnagel
Oct 7, 2015 cry green
Oct 6, 2015 Jim Faulks
Oct 6, 2015 Patricia Gladding Your Koala Bears suffer from chlamydia, a curable disease. Please do everything necessary to support the treatment of the infection the Koalas suffer from. Bring them back from the brink of exrincrion!
Oct 6, 2015 KAREN GARCIA
Oct 6, 2015 carol devarieux

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