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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


Oct 24, 2014 Kathryn Ward
Oct 24, 2014 charmian sampson
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Suzanne Beaupre we need to save and protect all animals from extinction. If we don't save them than how will we prevent ourselves from extinction.
Oct 24, 2014 mary peplinski
Oct 24, 2014 L. Lee
Oct 24, 2014 Donna Lynn
Oct 24, 2014 Karen Netzer
Oct 24, 2014 Harmen Eijzenga
Oct 24, 2014 Alexandra D'cruz
Oct 24, 2014 vicki manor
Oct 24, 2014 Lorena Songcayawon
Oct 24, 2014 Suzanne Kruger
Oct 24, 2014 Beth Polera
Oct 24, 2014 Marian WILLEM
Oct 23, 2014 Emily Schmidt
Oct 23, 2014 Jennie Brandt
Oct 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 jay titerle
Oct 23, 2014 Lauren Haworth
Oct 23, 2014 Cyndi Adams
Oct 23, 2014 Amanda Davis
Oct 23, 2014 Marciam Mery
Oct 22, 2014 Adrienne ONeill
Oct 22, 2014 Nelda Brimer
Oct 22, 2014 Christine Matthews
Oct 22, 2014 marina castro
Oct 22, 2014 elizabeth wince
Oct 21, 2014 Paula Zo
Oct 21, 2014 Rosemary S.
Oct 21, 2014 Brian Mahon
Oct 21, 2014 Jennifer Severance
Oct 21, 2014 Tess Cannoy
Oct 21, 2014 Andrea Jensen
Oct 21, 2014 Jeff Hacon
Oct 21, 2014 Julia Petersen
Oct 21, 2014 Roni Friedman
Oct 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2014 Morena gambarelli
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Sophie Miranda
Oct 20, 2014 Kim Smith
Oct 20, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Oct 20, 2014 James McMullen
Oct 20, 2014 Stephen Corbett
Oct 20, 2014 Cindy McMullen
Oct 20, 2014 danielle gaudet
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Louise Rasby
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