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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

Jan 25, 2015 DIANE MULHERN
Jan 25, 2015 Sija Sur
Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Bruce
Jan 24, 2015 Patti McCarron
Jan 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 24, 2015 Edwin Everly
Jan 24, 2015 Jodiann Macklin
Jan 24, 2015 Peter Kotasek
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Jan 24, 2015 glenda butler
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Jan 23, 2015 Gillian Lee
Jan 23, 2015 Wendy whyko
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Jan 23, 2015 Elizabeth Stephens
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Jan 23, 2015 Kenneth O'Pray
Jan 23, 2015 Tammi Lee
Jan 22, 2015 Sonia Mosetti
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Jan 22, 2015 julie port
Jan 21, 2015 Patricia Collica
Jan 21, 2015 noe bart
Jan 21, 2015 Maria Alice Simao
Jan 21, 2015 marilyn standring
Jan 21, 2015 Allen Pergreffi
Jan 21, 2015 elísio almeida
Jan 21, 2015 Bojan Olić
Jan 21, 2015 Pricila Marques Machado
Jan 21, 2015 manuela wolter
Jan 21, 2015 Fátima Menarelo
Jan 21, 2015 kevin Leroy
Jan 21, 2015 Stacey Eklund
Jan 21, 2015 ulrica sjogren
Jan 21, 2015 David Irish
Jan 21, 2015 Elzbieta Kosior
Jan 21, 2015 Holly Aldersley
Jan 20, 2015 rayan nasir
Jan 20, 2015 mona contras
Jan 20, 2015 Cheri Smith
Jan 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2015 L F
Jan 20, 2015 Pauline Seymour
Jan 20, 2015 rebekah salandra
Jan 20, 2015 Debra Carrigan
Jan 20, 2015 Courtney Anderson Please please help these precious babies! They need our intervention to survive! They are depending on us!

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