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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

Jul 29, 2015 Ashley Ely
Jul 29, 2015 Shan Preadmore
Jul 29, 2015 Natalie Dixon
Jul 29, 2015 Ruth Wagner
Jul 29, 2015 Melissa Mendell
Jul 29, 2015 Nidal Sealey
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) deforestation, money and corruption and causing many animals to become extinct. disgraceful behavior has to stop
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2015 Amy Malloy
Jul 29, 2015 Brenda Willis
Jul 29, 2015 Rita Corica
Jul 29, 2015 John Cabala
Jul 29, 2015 Nicolina Sposaro
Jul 29, 2015 Pamela Llewellyn
Jul 29, 2015 Kimberley Chan
Jul 29, 2015 Katarina DURJAK
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Georgia Baez
Jul 28, 2015 Emily Harris Take action now, before it's too late!!!
Jul 28, 2015 Terri Gilliam
Jul 28, 2015 MICHELE haubtmann
Jul 27, 2015 Monneron Sophie
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 Milene Lima
Jul 26, 2015 Goran Jović
Jul 26, 2015 Marcella Caravaglios
Jul 26, 2015 Regina Powell
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 Sydney Maraldo
Jul 24, 2015 Christine Reeder
Jul 24, 2015 merrilee roberts
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 Linnea Due
Jul 23, 2015 Mirosław Sulima
Jul 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2015 Alex Sutherlin
Jul 23, 2015 Brian Reynolds
Jul 23, 2015 Kristine Norris
Jul 23, 2015 Sherry Cranford
Jul 23, 2015 Samantha SHelton
Jul 23, 2015 claudette blais
Jul 22, 2015 Tracy Wolf
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 22, 2015 Susan Martin
Jul 21, 2015 Maggie FERIA
Jul 21, 2015 Ember Sheets
Jul 21, 2015 norma graciela varrone cancio
Jul 20, 2015 Maggie Alk
Jul 20, 2015 Brian Gottejman
Jul 20, 2015 geri amoroso

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