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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

Apr 26, 2015 Elena Lange
Apr 25, 2015 Kristine Hilbert
Apr 25, 2015 Tracy Reynolds
Apr 25, 2015 Dawn Raskiewicz It would be extremely sad to loose Koalas?
Apr 25, 2015 Brenda Bechtel
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2015 heather taheny
Apr 24, 2015 Olga Shumova
Apr 24, 2015 Keri Lewis
Apr 24, 2015 LAURA HART
Apr 24, 2015 Sheri Kelly
Apr 24, 2015 kim packham
Apr 24, 2015 Natalie Beatty
Apr 24, 2015 Denine Dunston
Apr 24, 2015 Indigo Blue This Planet and ALL it's beautiful animals are being destroyed by the filthy virus known as human... ABHORRENT.
Apr 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) They definitely are in danger, time for the Minister to pay attention to the facts.
Apr 24, 2015 Katy Barraza
Apr 24, 2015 Hana Koehler
Apr 24, 2015 Amanda Flores
Apr 24, 2015 catherine szabelski
Apr 24, 2015 Elodie Rodriguez
Apr 24, 2015 Gabriele Seitz
Apr 23, 2015 Faith Strailey
Apr 23, 2015 Lisa Haut
Apr 23, 2015 khyati sabherwal
Apr 23, 2015 Felicity Lamb
Apr 23, 2015 Jan Phillips
Apr 22, 2015 meeko sanson
Apr 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2015 lynda wawryk
Apr 22, 2015 Jaci Wrana
Apr 22, 2015 laural ball
Apr 22, 2015 Minerva Mollica
Apr 22, 2015 Kjersti Mari Gunnberg
Apr 22, 2015 Arlene Arredondo
Apr 22, 2015 Debbie Stozek
Apr 21, 2015 Mariel Fernandez
Apr 21, 2015 Barb Pierpont
Apr 21, 2015 Hailey McCommons
Apr 21, 2015 Sally Newman Please help save the Koalas!
Apr 21, 2015 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Apr 21, 2015 plaut gilles
Apr 21, 2015 Joanne Raby
Apr 20, 2015 Lou Gephart
Apr 20, 2015 Marie Perkins
Apr 20, 2015 Diane Gudatis
Apr 20, 2015 Al Lindstrom
Apr 20, 2015 Amy Wilkerson
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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