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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

Dec 25, 2014 Melinda Hewett
Dec 25, 2014 Kathleen Dalrymple
Dec 24, 2014 Susan Brown
Dec 24, 2014 r dean james
Dec 24, 2014 Jürgen Breu
Dec 24, 2014 Shirley Schreier
Dec 24, 2014 Deanna Davidson
Dec 24, 2014 janine hofmann
Dec 24, 2014 Lukas Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gabriel Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gudrun Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Zachary Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Betty Sneddon
Dec 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
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Dec 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 23, 2014 Tristan Jacques
Dec 23, 2014 Susan Johnson
Dec 22, 2014 Marta Feio
Dec 22, 2014 Allison Wehrle
Dec 22, 2014 Dusan Hejbal
Dec 22, 2014 susan pankhurst
Dec 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2014 carole hagen
Dec 21, 2014 Michele Bruch
Dec 21, 2014 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2014 Giovanna Tarquinio
Dec 19, 2014 Ariana Griffey
Dec 19, 2014 Natasha Gonzalez
Dec 19, 2014 Jeanne Cirillo-Marcus
Dec 18, 2014 Lois Sharlock
Dec 18, 2014 kristina arambasc
Dec 18, 2014 Shane Auckram
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 celeste del vecchio
Dec 18, 2014 Gail Vosler
Dec 17, 2014 shannon williams
Dec 17, 2014 Jeremy Ezerzer
Dec 17, 2014 Esther Gordon
Dec 17, 2014 Nancy Wray
Dec 17, 2014 Marie francoise perchepied
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Edie Urbasik
Dec 17, 2014 Andrea Kovac
Dec 17, 2014 Dana Miranda
Dec 17, 2014 Lori Shimabukuro
Dec 17, 2014 Suzanne Scaini
Dec 17, 2014 Lloyd Edwards More federal protection for koalas one of the symbols of a proud Australia.

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