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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

Aug 29, 2014 Nicola Holzwarth
Aug 29, 2014 Margaret "Sue" Romano We need to be a voice for these animals and save them from extinction.
Aug 29, 2014 Linda Cameron
Aug 29, 2014 Johnny Thornton
Aug 29, 2014 Cindy Hubble
Aug 29, 2014 Heather Farr
Aug 29, 2014 Rebekah Palmer
Aug 29, 2014 paris karali
Aug 29, 2014 jo Penston
Aug 29, 2014 Sharon Stewart
Aug 29, 2014 Shannon Sicocan
Aug 29, 2014 Hannah Kirchmeier
Aug 29, 2014 Mia Kendrick
Aug 29, 2014 Ajay Welinkar
Aug 29, 2014 Melody Cavanaugh
Aug 29, 2014 Melissa Smith
Aug 29, 2014 Jacqueline Ruckert
Aug 29, 2014 shana smith
Aug 29, 2014 Kathleen Curtis
Aug 29, 2014 amy edwards
Aug 28, 2014 Carole Bouché
Aug 28, 2014 Katie Simpson
Aug 28, 2014 Yunuen Jimenez
Aug 28, 2014 rachael mcnamara
Aug 28, 2014 Giselle White
Aug 28, 2014 Carole Ste Marie
Aug 28, 2014 Kirsten Schelbert
Aug 27, 2014 Jim Faulks
Aug 27, 2014 Elise McCoubrie
Aug 27, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 27, 2014 Kristina Brough
Aug 27, 2014 Renate Gärtner
Aug 27, 2014 Elizabeth Stewart
Aug 27, 2014 Nicole Disharoon
Aug 27, 2014 Patricia Hickey
Aug 27, 2014 Nancy Roy
Aug 27, 2014 Donna Arsenault
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 Glen Li
Aug 27, 2014 Carol Adams
Aug 27, 2014 Minerva Krueger
Aug 27, 2014 bill mclaughlin
Aug 26, 2014 Diane Caird
Aug 26, 2014 Patricia Darcey
Aug 25, 2014 Allison Comfort
Aug 25, 2014 Angela h
Aug 25, 2014 Theresa Leach
Aug 25, 2014 Pam Casey

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