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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: 42,134
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 10, 2014 Diane Lawson
Jul 10, 2014 Donna Saylors
Jul 10, 2014 Tamara Matthews
Jul 10, 2014 Rachael Thomas
Jul 10, 2014 Karen Podrasky
Jul 10, 2014 Leia C.
Jul 9, 2014 Rhonda Best
Jul 9, 2014 MK Smith MD
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Jane Rhodus
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 meghan follansbee
Jul 9, 2014 Susan Faulkner
Jul 9, 2014 ANNA CLIFTON
Jul 9, 2014 Doris Bulenda
Jul 9, 2014 Martine Hans
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Sheryl Conerly
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Rich Ryan
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed) almost there! save them!
Jul 9, 2014 melisa Wallack
Jul 9, 2014 Kathleen Lawson
Jul 9, 2014 Lauren Van Gundy Protect the koalas with federal protection, elevate them to endangered status!
Jul 9, 2014 Leigh Anne Radcliffe
Jul 9, 2014 Deborah Hood
Jul 8, 2014 Élida Gomes Kobi
Jul 8, 2014 Virginia Skelton
Jul 8, 2014 Stacie LaFrance
Jul 8, 2014 Melissa Yang
Jul 8, 2014 Laura McDonald
Jul 8, 2014 Kaye Beiswanger
Jul 8, 2014 Jeffrey Manmmiller
Jul 8, 2014 Sarah Talley
Jul 8, 2014 tamara wilson
Jul 8, 2014 Crystal Quandt
Jul 8, 2014 Pat Mair
Jul 8, 2014 Kenneth Sanchez
Jul 7, 2014 Maria George
Jul 7, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 7, 2014 mary kean
Jul 7, 2014 Sandra Leftwich
Jul 7, 2014 Cate Ahlgrim
Jul 7, 2014 Fawn Caldwell
Jul 7, 2014 Hilde Broeckx
Jul 7, 2014 Ronda Maples
Jul 7, 2014 SALMA ARABI
Jul 7, 2014 Elizabeth Meredith

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