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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

Aug 20, 2014 Marita Manzo
Aug 20, 2014 judi martin
Aug 20, 2014 aidee burt
Aug 20, 2014 melanie broussard
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 melissa hagen
Aug 20, 2014 Evi Meuris
Aug 20, 2014 Kathleen Zetes
Aug 20, 2014 Jamie Patricia Misch Please,we need to protect these animals and stop causing harm to them because of our selfish needs and wants. Thank you
Aug 20, 2014 Yettie Bloodworth
Aug 20, 2014 Margaret Fitch
Aug 20, 2014 Andrea Stoddard
Aug 20, 2014 Jennifer White
Aug 20, 2014 susan parrish
Aug 20, 2014 philip Barnard
Aug 20, 2014 Lissa Moris
Aug 20, 2014 Silva Mirovics
Aug 20, 2014 Alexandra Tabler
Aug 20, 2014 Caroline Constantinou
Aug 19, 2014 Koalani Prius
Aug 19, 2014 Angela Howard
Aug 19, 2014 Sheena Johnson
Aug 19, 2014 Carol L Piwowar THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE !
Aug 19, 2014 Lloyd Johnson
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 Christina Elson
Aug 18, 2014 Jacqueline Akcasu
Aug 18, 2014 Yuki Mueller
Aug 18, 2014 jewel valmont
Aug 17, 2014 Athena Istas
Aug 17, 2014 shawna segovia Australia people are watching you. Please help these adorable animals!!
Aug 17, 2014 Sharon De Silva
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2014 Debra Garoutte
Aug 16, 2014 Priscilla DaCosta
Aug 16, 2014 Melvin Michael
Aug 16, 2014 Ashley Jeffrey Animals need rights.
Aug 16, 2014 Pam Cassidy
Aug 16, 2014 Mary Ann Avery
Aug 15, 2014 April Allen
Aug 15, 2014 Kirstyn Woodall
Aug 15, 2014 Kate Anderson
Aug 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2014 Tyrrell Mendis
Aug 15, 2014 Annette Wysocki
Aug 15, 2014 Christine Cacossa
Aug 15, 2014 Peggy Pazdro

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