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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 28, 2015 Brittney Craig
Mar 28, 2015 Cynthia Voisard
Mar 28, 2015 Stephanie Hacker
Mar 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 Irina Gorlovitski
Mar 28, 2015 La Wanda Kirk
Mar 27, 2015 cindy stein We want the Koalas to be around for other generations to see.
Mar 27, 2015 Judirh Heeschen
Mar 27, 2015 Virginie Castonguay
Mar 27, 2015 ginger martin
Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
Mar 27, 2015 Susan Geschwender The civilized world can not afford to lose let another beautiful wild animal
Mar 27, 2015 Veronica Spassova
Mar 26, 2015 J Jordan
Mar 26, 2015 Melinda Funk
Mar 26, 2015 Anna Meacham
Mar 26, 2015 Lucia Nocentini
Mar 26, 2015 Valery ALLISON
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Gino Tarabotto
Mar 25, 2015 Pia Ulrike Lödige
Mar 25, 2015 Danijela Visak
Mar 25, 2015 Tori B.
Mar 25, 2015 Amanda Bernier
Mar 24, 2015 Holly Balch
Mar 24, 2015 Sharon Lewis
Mar 24, 2015 Jonelle Heany Please help these wonderful animals!
Mar 24, 2015 Sandy Lubeck
Mar 24, 2015 fee johnson
Mar 23, 2015 Maria Wilby
Mar 23, 2015 Kristin Johnson
Mar 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2015 Cathleen Baniqued
Mar 23, 2015 kathleen Hrezo
Mar 23, 2015 Deanna Gentle
Mar 23, 2015 Beth Matlock
Mar 22, 2015 Dawn Barber
Mar 22, 2015 Elizabeth Aguirre
Mar 22, 2015 nayana yashwari
Mar 21, 2015 kendra waters
Mar 21, 2015 Eileen Ramirez
Mar 21, 2015 lucas petermann
Mar 21, 2015 Patricia GUIRAN
Mar 20, 2015 Karin Herrmann
Mar 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2015 Aliaska Brozen
Mar 20, 2015 Gisela Gama
Mar 20, 2015 Kathy Harrop
Mar 20, 2015 Michael Torosian
Mar 20, 2015 Margaret Landrum

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