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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.
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 41,023
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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 24, 2014 Sam Hanley
Apr 23, 2014 Antonnette Hinojosa
Apr 23, 2014 Samantha McCabe
Apr 23, 2014 Andy Osborne
Apr 23, 2014 Joan van Hilten Time to give back to an species that has proved to be an invaluable asset to the great country that Australia has become.
Apr 23, 2014 Debbie Kriek
Apr 23, 2014 Ina Porzig
Apr 23, 2014 Lesley Blissett
Apr 22, 2014 Meredith Erickson
Apr 22, 2014 Darlene Nichols
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 Stefanie Keyser
Apr 22, 2014 Amanda Rieger
Apr 22, 2014 Susan Garrison I cannot imagine the world without koalas in it! Please help!
Apr 22, 2014 Robin Peterson
Apr 22, 2014 Helga Breier
Apr 22, 2014 Beverley Jeffs please take care of one of our national treasures.. before its too late!
Apr 22, 2014 Monique Lallemang
Apr 21, 2014 Eloise Rauch
Apr 21, 2014 Pam Seitz
Apr 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 Katherine Cremeans
Apr 21, 2014 Sherry Porrazo Please help and protect these wonderful animals!
Apr 21, 2014 Mary Windhorst
Apr 21, 2014 marga terstal
Apr 21, 2014 Azita Karimi Please help preserve Australia's national emblem.
Apr 21, 2014 L Weekly
Apr 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 Sherri Wiegman
Apr 21, 2014 Sharon Stolt
Apr 21, 2014 Carol Consolantis
Apr 21, 2014 Carltina Johnson
Apr 21, 2014 sara Moore
Apr 21, 2014 julie Villarreal
Apr 21, 2014 Winifred Boyd Dipl,MS,LAc,RM
Apr 21, 2014 Stacey Andreotta
Apr 21, 2014 Wendy Hood
Apr 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 Marco Aurélio T. Fernandes
Apr 21, 2014 Linda Kindervater
Apr 21, 2014 iris rochkind
Apr 21, 2014 Laura Wefer
Apr 21, 2014 Bob Elliott
Apr 21, 2014 Gerard Bowe
Apr 20, 2014 Lenore Kuipers
Apr 20, 2014 Carol Gillingham
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 Paul Ray
Apr 20, 2014 Ana Lopes

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