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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: 40,880
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

Apr 16, 2014 Kristy Elam Lindberg
Apr 16, 2014 Janice Wachholz
Apr 16, 2014 Abby Withers
Apr 16, 2014 Mary Bancroft
Apr 16, 2014 Laurie Johnson
Apr 16, 2014 Sarah Evans-Timms
Apr 16, 2014 Hilde B
Apr 16, 2014 Elizabeth Livanos
Apr 16, 2014 Maria Fandino
Apr 16, 2014 Jess Duelfer
Apr 16, 2014 Maureen Medina
Apr 16, 2014 Petruta Mureseanu
Apr 16, 2014 J Rosenberg
Apr 16, 2014 Corinne Pilon
Apr 16, 2014 Amy Flicek
Apr 16, 2014 Dave Douglas
Apr 16, 2014 Ola Almazova
Apr 16, 2014 sandra jones
Apr 16, 2014 Diane Holland
Apr 15, 2014 julie fangerow
Apr 15, 2014 Marcia Rock Please help save these special animals.
Apr 15, 2014 Linda L Petet
Apr 15, 2014 Paula Baptista
Apr 15, 2014 Karin Simpson
Apr 15, 2014 Alexandra Miller Let's all give the koalas a fighting chance!!!!
Apr 15, 2014 Donna Gleaves It is past time to grant greater Federal protection under the Environment Protection Act EPBC 1999 to provide the koalas with recovery from Chlamydia.
Apr 15, 2014 Ronald McClure When we visited Australia, we enjoyed seeing the Koala bears. Please save them for future tourists. Thanks from the USA.
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Apr 15, 2014 Brittini Rinehart
Apr 15, 2014 Darlene Klinger
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Apr 15, 2014 Sheila VanEssen
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Apr 15, 2014 lilian Dayan Cimadoro
Apr 15, 2014 Littlebird Parks
Apr 15, 2014 Brian Kerr
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Apr 15, 2014 Susan Granias
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Apr 15, 2014 Elisabeth Penland
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Apr 15, 2014 Mariana Caraca
Apr 15, 2014 carlota uson lopez
Apr 15, 2014 Sergio Fernandes
Apr 15, 2014 Roland Cavazos
Apr 15, 2014 Kimberly McDonald
Apr 14, 2014 Mercedes Cascio PLEASE protect these precious babies!!!! Please!!!!!
Apr 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please protect the koalas, as any decent human being would.

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