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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

May 22, 2015 Carol Caurdy
May 22, 2015 Beverly Terhune
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Ann Braselton
May 22, 2015 Maria Rojas
May 22, 2015 Gladys Hutcheson
May 22, 2015 Debbie Foster
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Diana Jones
May 22, 2015 Heather Donohue
May 21, 2015 Lúcia Silva
May 21, 2015 Hazel johnson
May 21, 2015 bozena zalwowska
May 20, 2015 Sheryl Smith
May 20, 2015 tonia beckler
May 20, 2015 Janna Arrington
May 20, 2015 Rebecca Durrans
May 20, 2015 Anne-lise DIEBOLT
May 20, 2015 Linda Hancock
May 20, 2015 Hans van der Zwan
May 19, 2015 Ester Gustafsson
May 19, 2015 fabs nacka
May 19, 2015 Jim Malone
May 19, 2015 David Sickles
May 19, 2015 Lauren LeBlanc
May 19, 2015 Leslie Sisco
May 18, 2015 Danis Benguria-Valenzuela
May 18, 2015 Scott Widdas
May 18, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 18, 2015 Tara LaBrie
May 18, 2015 Lucas de Arruda
May 18, 2015 Denise Ortiz
May 18, 2015 Rachael Kuhaneck
May 18, 2015 JoAnn Mellendorf
May 18, 2015 Karin Sülzner
May 18, 2015 Lucia Scarpati
May 18, 2015 Liz Kirkland
May 18, 2015 DeAnna Brayton Help the Koalas!
May 18, 2015 Lisa Cooper
May 17, 2015 michelle turner
May 17, 2015 Debby Cash
May 17, 2015 alexander sabudko
May 16, 2015 Faith Pierce
May 16, 2015 elizabeth madanelo
May 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2015 Karen Wolf
May 16, 2015 t iverson
May 16, 2015 Laurie Bynum
May 15, 2015 Marivic Yuson

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