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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: 42,348
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

Jul 24, 2014 Brice Hanberry
Jul 24, 2014 Stephanie Corrales
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Wood
Jul 24, 2014 Kathy Bearden
Jul 24, 2014 Ian Gough
Jul 24, 2014 amy lynn pemrick
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Scottie Baugh
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Koalas should be Australian National Treasure, like Giant Pandas are in China, but some politicians just don't care!
Jul 23, 2014 jose monda
Jul 23, 2014 Guadalupe Contreras
Jul 23, 2014 Donna Oades
Jul 23, 2014 gerard FABIANO
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Laura Horning
Jul 23, 2014 Heidi Bloomer
Jul 23, 2014 Sybil Murray
Jul 23, 2014 Yvette Meraz
Jul 23, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 23, 2014 Teresa Hammond
Jul 23, 2014 Kimberly LaMont
Jul 23, 2014 dianne Trionfo
Jul 23, 2014 Carmen Duhatschek
Jul 23, 2014 Janet Burrows Have Koalas- need forage, need habitat. Provide it or lose them forever.
Jul 23, 2014 Evette Garcia
Jul 23, 2014 Lance Kammerud
Jul 23, 2014 celine zini
Jul 23, 2014 Brittany Wheeler
Jul 23, 2014 Manuel Gonzalez, Jr.
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Britany Bekina
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please use your power and influence to protect Australia's Koalas and do what is necessary to preserve this species and cure/treat this nasty disease that puts them at risk. Thank you for listening. Please show them "the love" they deserve.
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Eileen Stauder
Jul 22, 2014 Kelly Carpenter
Jul 22, 2014 Lisa Wandell
Jul 21, 2014 Leslie Lan
Jul 21, 2014 Jennifer Hurlburt
Jul 21, 2014 Fernanda haberman
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 michele kirk
Jul 21, 2014 Tre Keffer Save these koalas !!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2014 Michele LeBlanc
Jul 21, 2014 Alina Chechik
Jul 21, 2014 Renee Franklin
Jul 21, 2014 R. E. Kish "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated..." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948, and shot at point-blank-range by Nathuran Godse).
Jul 21, 2014 Mary Embry Please help save as many Koalas as possible. Give them a chance to enjoy life
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Lisa Abed

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