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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 29, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra We HAVE to do this!!!!!!!
Aug 29, 2015 A. Burton
Aug 28, 2015 Lea Faulks
Aug 28, 2015 John Petteford
Aug 28, 2015 Kristi Lynn Grunow
Aug 28, 2015 Kelly Powers
Aug 28, 2015 Susan Bjorgum
Aug 28, 2015 Kim Taylor
Aug 28, 2015 Rose Thompson
Aug 27, 2015 Melissa Zeller
Aug 27, 2015 Lynn Ronk
Aug 27, 2015 Hilary Rayne
Aug 27, 2015 Uliana ASTRA
Aug 27, 2015 Susan Tate
Aug 27, 2015 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Aug 27, 2015 Jeff Dearman
Aug 26, 2015 Nancy Horner
Aug 26, 2015 Teresa Heiser
Aug 26, 2015 Audra Bulut Please help protect these precious animals.
Aug 26, 2015 Angels Puig
Aug 26, 2015 Dorothy Henry
Aug 25, 2015 jane gilmore
Aug 25, 2015 Theresia Styadinata
Aug 25, 2015 aletha stuart
Aug 25, 2015 daniela e
Aug 25, 2015 Ulla-Carin Bergström
Aug 25, 2015 beatrice lelievre
Aug 25, 2015 Julianne Fountain
Aug 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2015 Tijana Micic Radovanovic
Aug 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Dani
Aug 24, 2015 Mary Pinn
Aug 24, 2015 Carol Gibson-Kish This fun, quirky animal that is a symbol to all of Australia is in trouble and needs your help!
Aug 24, 2015 David Aguilera
Aug 24, 2015 Robin Blum
Aug 24, 2015 Judy Hollingsworth
Aug 24, 2015 Allan Booyjzsen It is surprising to me that any country would not protect their national animal. Just goes to show that position doesn't equate to intelligence.
Aug 24, 2015 Gordon Levy
Aug 24, 2015 Alicia Harkins
Aug 24, 2015 Vicki Kline
Aug 24, 2015 Martha Piro
Aug 23, 2015 Jady Rabbit
Aug 23, 2015 Carol Goerke
Aug 23, 2015 Sandi Aden
Aug 23, 2015 Cornelia Hallbauer
Aug 23, 2015 Leisa Baumann
Aug 22, 2015 Theresa Toporsh
Aug 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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