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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

Oct 21, 2014 Brian Mahon
Oct 21, 2014 Jennifer Severance
Oct 21, 2014 Tess Cannoy
Oct 21, 2014 Andrea Jensen
Oct 21, 2014 Jeff Hacon
Oct 21, 2014 Julia Petersen
Oct 21, 2014 Roni Friedman
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Oct 21, 2014 Morena gambarelli
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Sophie Miranda
Oct 20, 2014 Kim Smith
Oct 20, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Oct 20, 2014 James McMullen
Oct 20, 2014 Stephen Corbett
Oct 20, 2014 Cindy McMullen
Oct 20, 2014 danielle gaudet
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Oct 20, 2014 Louise Rasby
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Oct 19, 2014 Mary Anne Tokar
Oct 19, 2014 Valerie Arseneault
Oct 19, 2014 Creedance Austin
Oct 19, 2014 Kristy Dill
Oct 19, 2014 MaryAnna Hunt
Oct 19, 2014 Sophie Leete
Oct 18, 2014 lanna melko
Oct 18, 2014 Jane White
Oct 18, 2014 Andrea Fleming
Oct 18, 2014 Wanda Georg
Oct 18, 2014 Gloria Alvarado
Oct 18, 2014 Jacelyn Yonkees
Oct 18, 2014 brigitte whitlow
Oct 18, 2014 Ulla Nordholm
Oct 18, 2014 Ann Way
Oct 18, 2014 William Scholefield
Oct 18, 2014 Andrew Docherty
Oct 18, 2014 Mary Laughner
Oct 18, 2014 Paula Edwards Koalas are my favorite animal next to cats!!! The world would be very sad place without them!!'
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2014 serina_michelle Griffin
Oct 17, 2014 Svetlana Novotna
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Oct 17, 2014 Sohini Mukherjee
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Oct 17, 2014 kathy Mastrandea
Oct 17, 2014 Dawna DiOrio
Oct 17, 2014 Patricia Gass
Oct 17, 2014 Sharol Neugent
Oct 17, 2014 Elizabeth Van Dusen

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