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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 17, 2014 Jason Zastrow
Sep 17, 2014 Jeannie O'Brien
Sep 17, 2014 Eva Leutenegger
Sep 17, 2014 Jeanette M.
Sep 17, 2014 Chari Birnholz
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 Anita Venturi
Sep 17, 2014 Ginette Collerette
Sep 17, 2014 Janie Carabello
Sep 17, 2014 sherri pickett
Sep 17, 2014 Arthur Perlin
Sep 17, 2014 Tara Prashad
Sep 17, 2014 Noemi Tello-Botdorf
Sep 17, 2014 Nurul Aziz
Sep 17, 2014 trine bellew
Sep 17, 2014 Jessica Doherty
Sep 17, 2014 Carmen Terron
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Rob Lefevre
Sep 16, 2014 Tia Robinson
Sep 16, 2014 Robert Dumicz For life!
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Michelle Mcdaniel
Sep 15, 2014 Jim Aldrich
Sep 15, 2014 Beverley Myburgh
Sep 15, 2014 Laura Hoover
Sep 15, 2014 julie wylie save the koalas save all the wild life protect the forest and there habitats
Sep 15, 2014 Carolyn Cameron
Sep 15, 2014 Rachael Park
Sep 15, 2014 Viviane Escudie
Sep 15, 2014 danielle bray
Sep 15, 2014 Kimberly allen
Sep 15, 2014 Bernadette Blanchard
Sep 15, 2014 Heike Feldmann
Sep 15, 2014 Julie Hoffman
Sep 15, 2014 Jackie Mills
Sep 15, 2014 Geoff Kemp
Sep 15, 2014 Jelena Karovic
Sep 15, 2014 Janice Flood
Sep 15, 2014 Reeha Colaco
Sep 15, 2014 Michael Cooper
Sep 15, 2014 Jeffrey Creech
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 mira ramdin
Sep 14, 2014 Charlotte Chavez
Sep 14, 2014 Nirendra Pillay We are asking Australia’s Federal Environment Minister to elevate koalas to endangered status and ensure they receive the resources necessary to avert this catastrophe.
Sep 14, 2014 Sarah Morin
Sep 14, 2014 Fran Bembenek
Sep 14, 2014 Ann Appleton
Sep 14, 2014 Katrina Vella

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