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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

Mar 2, 2015 Tiffany Brown
Mar 1, 2015 August Eriksen
Mar 1, 2015 Karen Tangorra
Mar 1, 2015 Mary Hatzigiannis
Mar 1, 2015 Suzanne Twohig
Mar 1, 2015 Rosemary Williams
Mar 1, 2015 Pamela Burke
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Feb 28, 2015 T Olson
Feb 28, 2015 Deborah Freeman
Feb 28, 2015 Michael Ramirez
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Feb 28, 2015 secil dobuz
Feb 28, 2015 evelyn döntgen
Feb 28, 2015 Pascal Quéniart
Feb 27, 2015 Katrina Boltenhouse
Feb 27, 2015 tracy gabor
Feb 27, 2015 Linda Simmon
Feb 27, 2015 Dory Feldmann
Feb 27, 2015 Kelli Fizzano
Feb 27, 2015 Lisa Myk
Feb 27, 2015 elisabetta moroni
Feb 26, 2015 Lisa Siebern
Feb 26, 2015 c c
Feb 26, 2015 Rachael Pappano
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 David Frank
Feb 25, 2015 Barbara Negron
Feb 25, 2015 Elizabeth Venney
Feb 25, 2015 Mark Holub
Feb 25, 2015 Ruby Todd
Feb 25, 2015 Amy Riddle
Feb 25, 2015 Richard Bosboom
Feb 25, 2015 Vicki Roman Please save these gentle, delightful beings!
Feb 25, 2015 Leyre Sanchez
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno
Feb 24, 2015 susanne miller
Feb 24, 2015 Willie Holland
Feb 24, 2015 Cristiana Janssen
Feb 24, 2015 Rebecca Moon-Williams
Feb 23, 2015 April Halican
Feb 23, 2015 Jan Sloat
Feb 23, 2015 Cindy Zatlokowicz
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 Samantha Dimes
Feb 23, 2015 Chloe walker
Feb 23, 2015 Sara Santa Maria
Feb 22, 2015 Piper Burch
Feb 22, 2015 Hope Moreno

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