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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.
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 45,750
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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

Jun 2, 2015 Rita O'Sullivan
Jun 2, 2015 Rachael Foell
Jun 2, 2015 Arvella Johnson
Jun 2, 2015 Helena Arimond
Jun 2, 2015 Maria Reis
Jun 2, 2015 Vanessa Allet I'm against animal cruelty.Animals do have feelings and they do feel pain like us humans. Let them live in peace.These people hurting and exploiting animals need to be sued!So please stop exploiting them. Protect animals as they voiceless, and we are not.
Jun 2, 2015 monika Pettersen
Jun 1, 2015 Milady Ledford For the Love of the Earth and Animals ... <3
Jun 1, 2015 frank gabriel
Jun 1, 2015 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Jun 1, 2015 Ann Muri
Jun 1, 2015 christina Montano
Jun 1, 2015 Kim Zwicker
Jun 1, 2015 Tessie Orsini
Jun 1, 2015 Linda Treuhaft
Jun 1, 2015 Allegra Robinson
Jun 1, 2015 Christina Woodward
Jun 1, 2015 Cheri Brennen Please save precious koalas, before it's too late.
Jun 1, 2015 Esther Wolk
Jun 1, 2015 Cheryl Houck
May 31, 2015 Christina Fernandez "Love Life " it's the most precious gift from God. ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
May 31, 2015 Victoria Oakey
May 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 31, 2015 Phillip Duffer
May 31, 2015 rhonda edwards
May 31, 2015 Karen Coll
May 31, 2015 maria tzermnia
May 31, 2015 Hayley Moran
May 30, 2015 Alicia Aldape
May 30, 2015 Jean du Ross
May 30, 2015 marie-line michel
May 29, 2015 Barbara Williams Please save the koalas--don't let them become extinct --they are a very big part of our Australian heritage--please keep them safe.
May 29, 2015 Philippa Hardy
May 29, 2015 Lion Hesse “Animals, as part of God’s creation, have rights which must be respected. It behooves us always to be sensitive to their needs and to the reality of their pain.”—Dr. Donald Coggan, former Archbishop of Canterbury
May 29, 2015 Leonilde Carvalho
May 29, 2015 roberto penaherrera
May 29, 2015 Silvio Carvana thank you for protecting these majestic creatures !
May 29, 2015 Deja Brown
May 29, 2015 sveta shelekhova
May 28, 2015 Jessica Hernandez
May 28, 2015 Marci Turner
May 28, 2015 Selena Millman
May 28, 2015 laurence haubtmann
May 28, 2015 Paola Cantella
May 28, 2015 Raquel Gomez
May 28, 2015 Christine Burkman
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2015 Lorena Lee
May 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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