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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 1, 2014 Madeleine Boyne
Aug 1, 2014 Heather Halsey
Aug 1, 2014 Lisa Delabre
Aug 1, 2014 Michelle Polichio
Aug 1, 2014 Renee Klein Save the Koala's!
Aug 1, 2014 Barbara Bartalini
Aug 1, 2014 Marie Osmundsen
Aug 1, 2014 Dorothy McKenzie
Aug 1, 2014 Mariane Raff
Aug 1, 2014 Angela Bonner
Aug 1, 2014 Jennifer Ritter
Aug 1, 2014 Susan Graham
Aug 1, 2014 kari swigart Please tell me ,how did these animals get chlamydia in the first place????
Aug 1, 2014 Theresa Haines
Aug 1, 2014 Sharon Gillespie
Aug 1, 2014 mariah oyondi A coordinated effort is needed to help save these animals and national protection could provide that. Please help them.
Aug 1, 2014 Donna LaBarbera
Aug 1, 2014 paris hatchard
Aug 1, 2014 Maggie Dunn Please take this health threat seriously and stop the koalas facing possible extinction. Thank you.
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Melissa Troeller
Jul 31, 2014 Kellie Benson
Jul 31, 2014 Kat Ehret
Jul 31, 2014 Adrienne Fermoyle
Jul 31, 2014 Mark Donnelly
Jul 31, 2014 JoAnn Corbett
Jul 31, 2014 Carl Morales
Jul 31, 2014 Patricia Gilpin
Jul 31, 2014 lindy friedman
Jul 31, 2014 Kaley Bill
Jul 31, 2014 Susan Fairweather
Jul 30, 2014 Kate Campbell
Jul 30, 2014 felisha juska
Jul 30, 2014 Deanne Swaringen
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Jennifer Birks
Jul 30, 2014 Carolyn Cameron
Jul 30, 2014 Roberto Angarita
Jul 30, 2014 Darshanie Ramjit
Jul 30, 2014 James fox
Jul 30, 2014 Jacqueline Malone
Jul 30, 2014 Colleen Murray
Jul 30, 2014 Levana Gallagher
Jul 30, 2014 Beth Hulevitch
Jul 30, 2014 James Kyle
Jul 30, 2014 Deborah Clarke
Jul 30, 2014 Iwona Mas
Jul 29, 2014 jean mazza
Jul 29, 2014 Gena Anderson
Jul 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean

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