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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 6, 2015 Michael Haskell
Jul 6, 2015 Barbara August
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 Disa Hovatta
Jul 6, 2015 Jennifer Haverkamp
Jul 6, 2015 Jean Powers
Jul 6, 2015 Antonio Elias Firmino Ferreira
Jul 6, 2015 Ljubomir Manola
Jul 6, 2015 Bistra Strechkova
Jul 5, 2015 lori lusk
Jul 5, 2015 Mariano Virdia
Jul 5, 2015 Susan Morse Koalas need to be saved from this deadly illness. Please do all you can to develop a vaccine against it.
Jul 5, 2015 Lynn Gilliat
Jul 4, 2015 Cheryl Gibson
Jul 4, 2015 Loreto Elena Fillat de Acosta
Jul 4, 2015 A. Elissen
Jul 4, 2015 lennart blomqvist
Jul 3, 2015 Suzie Ford
Jul 3, 2015 Therese Seymour These gorgeous, beautiful animals must NOT be allowed to die out.
Jul 3, 2015 Melissa McCage
Jul 3, 2015 Ted & Susan Clark
Jul 3, 2015 Beth Johnson
Jul 3, 2015 marian selim
Jul 3, 2015 Haley Norriss
Jul 3, 2015 Melissa Keith
Jul 2, 2015 Jennifer Badillo
Jul 2, 2015 Caroline Dawson
Jul 2, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jul 2, 2015 Susan Achenbach
Jul 2, 2015 Andrea Giza-O'Neill
Jul 2, 2015 Elaine NT
Jul 1, 2015 Jacqui-Lyn Zellner
Jul 1, 2015 alison midgley
Jul 1, 2015 Shireen Farrahi
Jul 1, 2015 Alicia Watson
Jun 30, 2015 AURORE Talloen
Jun 29, 2015 Roberto Cipolla
Jun 29, 2015 valerie choinski
Jun 29, 2015 Majbritt Engbo Nielsen
Jun 28, 2015 Julia Zimansky
Jun 28, 2015 Janet Lindsey
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 heather cornwell
Jun 28, 2015 Leslie Slater
Jun 27, 2015 Renee Tiesler
Jun 27, 2015 Miryanna van Reeden
Jun 27, 2015 Brenda Keating
Jun 27, 2015 nari gottlieb
Jun 25, 2015 Kim Decker

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