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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

May 28, 2015 Raquel Gomez
May 28, 2015 Christine Burkman
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2015 Lorena Lee
May 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2015 debra andl
May 27, 2015 j caspers
May 27, 2015 Andrea Jaeger
May 27, 2015 Jamie Fischer
May 27, 2015 Deborah Cohen Please safeguard the animals of Australia from becoming another extinction.
May 27, 2015 Sarah Romboy
May 27, 2015 linda may
May 27, 2015 christine jean
May 27, 2015 Paul-Denis Clermont
May 27, 2015 Megan McCrossin
May 27, 2015 Elizabeth Patton
May 27, 2015 Margaret Mc vay
May 27, 2015 Sherry La Trasse
May 27, 2015 Patrick Golden
May 27, 2015 Lorraine Smith
May 26, 2015 Vanessa Bäßler
May 26, 2015 Naomi Dunston
May 26, 2015 Verleen Tucker
May 26, 2015 Erin Colon
May 26, 2015 Lynnette Angell
May 26, 2015 lisa thompson
May 26, 2015 Leanne Sheppard
May 26, 2015 Dana Kánská
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Sara Anne Maguire
May 24, 2015 Marcia DiTieri
May 24, 2015 Leslie Ann Rodarte
May 24, 2015 diane aliperti
May 24, 2015 gina la gosh
May 24, 2015 John Marchesi Please
May 24, 2015 John Marchesi For God's sake!
May 24, 2015 John Erkki Warren
May 23, 2015 Jess Francis
May 23, 2015 Consuelo Arnaldi di Balme
May 23, 2015 allan Kaopua
May 23, 2015 Martina Marcelo
May 23, 2015 TAMARA BRAGG
May 22, 2015 clare austn
May 22, 2015 Alison Sharpes
May 22, 2015 Carol Caurdy
May 22, 2015 Beverly Terhune
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Ann Braselton
May 22, 2015 Maria Rojas
May 22, 2015 Gladys Hutcheson

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