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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

Aug 27, 2014 Elise McCoubrie
Aug 27, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 27, 2014 Kristina Brough
Aug 27, 2014 Renate Gärtner
Aug 27, 2014 Elizabeth Stewart
Aug 27, 2014 Nicole Disharoon
Aug 27, 2014 Patricia Hickey
Aug 27, 2014 Nancy Roy
Aug 27, 2014 Donna Arsenault
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 Glen Li
Aug 27, 2014 Carol Adams
Aug 27, 2014 Minerva Krueger
Aug 27, 2014 bill mclaughlin
Aug 26, 2014 Diane Caird
Aug 26, 2014 Patricia Darcey
Aug 25, 2014 Allison Comfort
Aug 25, 2014 Angela h
Aug 25, 2014 Theresa Leach
Aug 25, 2014 Pam Casey
Aug 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2014 Kathy LaRue
Aug 25, 2014 Jessica Angstrom
Aug 25, 2014 Crystal Reese
Aug 25, 2014 julie wylie save the koalas and stop killing them
Aug 25, 2014 Gloria and Jack Howe
Aug 25, 2014 sheila brown
Aug 25, 2014 Deepa Demes
Aug 25, 2014 Linda Hertel
Aug 25, 2014 Eleonora Petrova
Aug 24, 2014 Suzanne McClain
Aug 24, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Aug 24, 2014 Rita Nicolaidis
Aug 24, 2014 Debbie Seiler
Aug 24, 2014 federico ciardi
Aug 24, 2014 ricardo carvalho
Aug 24, 2014 alejandra garay
Aug 24, 2014 roberto stupino
Aug 24, 2014 Michelle Steil
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez Casal
Aug 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2014 Alyssa Hill
Aug 23, 2014 Amber Wallace
Aug 23, 2014 Tamara Medeiros
Aug 23, 2014 Ben Cooper
Aug 23, 2014 laura ornella
Aug 23, 2014 alessandro ciccarelli
Aug 23, 2014 Kathleen Neely

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