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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 4, 2015 Linda Foley
Aug 4, 2015 Annette Rosolini
Aug 4, 2015 Mary Barrientos These special animals must be protected. How could anyone not want to protect koalas?
Aug 4, 2015 Jennifer Poulsen
Aug 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2015 bailey wampler
Aug 4, 2015 Naomi Ryan
Aug 3, 2015 Dianne WICKRE
Aug 3, 2015 Libeth Bonacoscia
Aug 3, 2015 Valerie Sanderson
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 Sharon Smith-Herring
Aug 3, 2015 Lindi Engelbrecht
Aug 3, 2015 marie alden
Aug 3, 2015 Cecile Osche
Aug 3, 2015 Rebecca King
Aug 3, 2015 Mary Wylie
Aug 3, 2015 Cindy Grove
Aug 3, 2015 Mark Couch
Aug 3, 2015 Giovanna Ioannidou
Aug 3, 2015 Kimberly bowers
Aug 3, 2015 Esmeralda Romero
Aug 3, 2015 Pat Hoover
Aug 3, 2015 Missy Rzeppa
Aug 3, 2015 Irene Roos
Aug 3, 2015 Kellie Valentine
Aug 3, 2015 Baagheera An
Aug 3, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Aug 3, 2015 Margaret Sober
Aug 3, 2015 Donna Fish
Aug 3, 2015 Janet Cavallaro
Aug 3, 2015 Cinzia Corradi
Aug 3, 2015 Maria Cerdas Please don't let another species disappear from our planet. You have the power to stop this.
Aug 3, 2015 Paula Nolte I
Aug 3, 2015 Funda Doerschel
Aug 3, 2015 Brooks Slaybaugh
Aug 2, 2015 jennifer lori moldenhauer
Aug 2, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
Aug 2, 2015 Jill Cresko
Aug 2, 2015 Simone Goodman
Aug 2, 2015 Sandrine HAUDEGOND
Aug 2, 2015 Penny White
Aug 1, 2015 Jeffrey Obenour
Aug 1, 2015 Jeri Lovell
Aug 1, 2015 Paula Thurston
Aug 1, 2015 Marie Davis
Aug 1, 2015 Anne Somma
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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