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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


Jul 25, 2014 Rusbee LEGUELECK
Jul 25, 2014 catherine jobling
Jul 25, 2014 Genevieve Young
Jul 25, 2014 Lisa Welchel
Jul 25, 2014 Holly Harkin
Jul 25, 2014 Carl Clark
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Rebecca Romans
Jul 25, 2014 Al Ho
Jul 25, 2014 Nancy Pare
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Vicky Locke
Jul 24, 2014 Jan jordan
Jul 24, 2014 Jacqueline Okuhara
Jul 24, 2014 Marsha Cole
Jul 24, 2014 mary jones
Jul 24, 2014 T Fullerton
Jul 24, 2014 Patrick Butler It would be a disgrace and shame to allow these beautiful creatures of God to become extinct one day.
Jul 24, 2014 Crystal McCracken
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Kati Ewers
Jul 24, 2014 carissa manzo
Jul 24, 2014 Brice Hanberry
Jul 24, 2014 Stephanie Corrales
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Wood
Jul 24, 2014 Kathy Bearden
Jul 24, 2014 Ian Gough
Jul 24, 2014 amy lynn pemrick
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Scottie Baugh
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Koalas should be Australian National Treasure, like Giant Pandas are in China, but some politicians just don't care!
Jul 23, 2014 jose monda
Jul 23, 2014 Guadalupe Contreras
Jul 23, 2014 Donna Oades
Jul 23, 2014 gerard FABIANO
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Laura Horning
Jul 23, 2014 Heidi Bloomer
Jul 23, 2014 Sybil Murray
Jul 23, 2014 Yvette Meraz
Jul 23, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 23, 2014 Teresa Hammond
Jul 23, 2014 Kimberly LaMont
Jul 23, 2014 dianne Trionfo
Jul 23, 2014 Carmen Duhatschek
Jul 23, 2014 Janet Burrows Have Koalas- need forage, need habitat. Provide it or lose them forever.
Jul 23, 2014 Evette Garcia
Jul 23, 2014 Lance Kammerud
Jul 23, 2014 celine zini
Jul 23, 2014 Brittany Wheeler

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