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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

Mar 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2015 tom rooze
Mar 5, 2015 sabina troch
Mar 5, 2015 dee westbury
Mar 5, 2015 Baaghera An
Mar 5, 2015 Dave Garcin
Mar 5, 2015 Karen Liska
Mar 5, 2015 jane wilson
Mar 5, 2015 Carol Pickard
Mar 5, 2015 Michael Dearth
Mar 5, 2015 Jordan Parmenter
Mar 5, 2015 Maria Collec
Mar 5, 2015 Mads gJER
Mar 5, 2015 Kris Jackson
Mar 5, 2015 Kent Robertson
Mar 5, 2015 anetka zakrzewska Please be kind to animals. They have feelings and deserve to live a happy life.
Mar 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2015 günce yaşar
Mar 5, 2015 John Arguell
Mar 5, 2015 Karin Zimmermann
Mar 5, 2015 Galla Os
Mar 5, 2015 Barbara Daber
Mar 5, 2015 Jo Bale
Mar 4, 2015 Daniel Reis
Mar 4, 2015 adele urbanek
Mar 4, 2015 Anthony Evans
Mar 4, 2015 Pamela Unger
Mar 4, 2015 maia eristavi
Mar 4, 2015 fabiola fabbian
Mar 4, 2015 cassy lavigne
Mar 4, 2015 Lisa Pearce
Mar 4, 2015 Binisha Brahmachoudhury
Mar 4, 2015 d. gauthier Please save Koalas!
Mar 4, 2015 marcia sliwinski
Mar 4, 2015 Luis Perez
Mar 4, 2015 William Reamy
Mar 4, 2015 Traci Phillips
Mar 4, 2015 barbara Man
Mar 4, 2015 Czernik Violetta
Mar 4, 2015 Vipul Beniwal
Mar 4, 2015 Lynfa Lewis
Mar 4, 2015 elisio almeida
Mar 4, 2015 Tristin Brennan
Mar 4, 2015 Scott Edwards
Mar 4, 2015 jadina de nez
Mar 4, 2015 heloisa facchini
Mar 4, 2015 Dennis Fuller
Mar 4, 2015 eleni mylona
Mar 4, 2015 Julia Solovyova

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