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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

Sep 2, 2014 richard ridolfi
Sep 2, 2014 Katia Jaworski
Sep 2, 2014 melanie bonnett Please get these animals the treatment they need asap
Sep 2, 2014 Bob terrell
Sep 2, 2014 Glauco donati
Sep 2, 2014 Lori Galletti
Sep 2, 2014 stephinie mckenzie
Sep 2, 2014 ildi vidovics
Sep 2, 2014 amir arayesh
Sep 2, 2014 Angelos Angeletos
Sep 1, 2014 Corinna Jost
Sep 1, 2014 Brigitte Baur
Sep 1, 2014 maria de lourdes turner sampaio duque
Sep 1, 2014 Dania Illescas
Sep 1, 2014 Kamy Barolet-Gatien
Sep 1, 2014 Manuel Faustino
Sep 1, 2014 liz krum
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 meli vidovs
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Martina Celena
Sep 1, 2014 cesar mesquita
Sep 1, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Sep 1, 2014 Juan Carlos Pérez Condor
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) stop dierenleed
Sep 1, 2014 maryann tracy
Sep 1, 2014 Fiorella Mezzogori
Sep 1, 2014 Marion Stibbe
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 tom gebus
Sep 1, 2014 Danielle Davis
Sep 1, 2014 Stephen McDougall
Sep 1, 2014 Shelly Dearinger
Sep 1, 2014 hye tillison
Sep 1, 2014 mary fanara
Sep 1, 2014 Mandeline York
Sep 1, 2014 Moacir Piccolo
Sep 1, 2014 Carolyn Ricketts
Sep 1, 2014 rehana vn STOP THE KILLING!!
Sep 1, 2014 Gigi Eberl
Sep 1, 2014 Manreet Sandhu Please have mercy on poor animals..let them live peacefully
Sep 1, 2014 Marky Raypole
Sep 1, 2014 rita placonà
Sep 1, 2014 Julie Rubaszewski
Sep 1, 2014 Toni O'Connor
Sep 1, 2014 ai matsui
Sep 1, 2014 Darlene Abbott
Sep 1, 2014 Karod Junkedal STOP tiurchuring and killing innocente animals!!!
Aug 31, 2014 BRETT DOWIE

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