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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. 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 4, 2015 Tina S please help
Oct 4, 2015 John W
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Susan Durling
Oct 4, 2015 Carol Perkins
Oct 4, 2015 Jackie Godbout
Oct 4, 2015 Cecilia Furnish
Oct 4, 2015 Jenny Kirk
Oct 4, 2015 Guy Vaughn
Oct 4, 2015 Elizabeth L Moreno
Oct 4, 2015 Melissa White-LaFrance Please help these helpless animals, they are here for a reason and I believe that reason is to help the human race to become more sensitive to our being!!!!
Oct 4, 2015 Dion Gillies
Oct 4, 2015 Mary Fleming
Oct 4, 2015 Cindy Butler
Oct 4, 2015 Monica Guill
Oct 4, 2015 Metka Ocvirk
Oct 4, 2015 JANELL SMITH
Oct 4, 2015 Robin Budry
Oct 4, 2015 Susan Pittman
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Cary Savitz
Oct 4, 2015 Nicky Minetti PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE !!!
Oct 3, 2015 Marlene Love
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2015 Benedetta Arcelli
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Emily Vance
Oct 2, 2015 Elena Mohamet
Oct 2, 2015 medina cheatle Save the koalas!
Oct 2, 2015 caroline lim
Oct 2, 2015 Barbara Singer
Oct 2, 2015 Valerie Philebaum-Smith
Oct 2, 2015 Cassandra Marentette
Oct 2, 2015 sandy jacobsen
Oct 2, 2015 Nylka Pinero
Oct 2, 2015 Greta Ademi
Oct 2, 2015 Martha Jaquith
Oct 2, 2015 meg petrucci
Oct 2, 2015 Dodi Livergood You better do something, why do you think a lot of tourists go to Australia?? To see the Koalas and Kangaroos. Same with Africa you people need to wake up when they are gone so are you!!!
Oct 2, 2015 Marsgret Maudment
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Laura Hickman
Oct 1, 2015 Kelleen Farrell
Oct 1, 2015 Thelma Atkins
Sep 30, 2015 Moira O'Brien
Sep 30, 2015 Robin Featherstone Arrow Heileman
Sep 30, 2015 Joanna Rosenberg
Sep 30, 2015 Susan Swift
Sep 30, 2015 Jessica Jean Posner
Sep 30, 2015 Melody Ford

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