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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: 43,152
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

Oct 1, 2014 brittany flowers
Oct 1, 2014 ANKITA PRIYA
Oct 1, 2014 Carlo Corti
Oct 1, 2014 Elizabeth brown
Oct 1, 2014 Raija Valkola
Oct 1, 2014 Robin Sellers
Oct 1, 2014 Danielle Joy
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 lilas giorgi
Oct 1, 2014 H Steinberg
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Sarah Fisher
Oct 1, 2014 Jenny Duncan The world would be a better place if we all worked together to help those who cannot help themselves, the animals.
Oct 1, 2014 Calcifer Cruz
Oct 1, 2014 Maria Cuffari
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 catherine Osborne
Sep 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2014 Carla Caston
Sep 30, 2014 Cheryl Fergeson
Sep 30, 2014 Kelly Carr
Sep 30, 2014 Linda Ilgen
Sep 30, 2014 Jackie O'Meara
Sep 30, 2014 Gwendolyn Pecora so furry and sweet who could hurt these precious creatures??
Sep 29, 2014 christine waddell
Sep 29, 2014 Lanette Rapp
Sep 29, 2014 Julia Yadi
Sep 29, 2014 gloria martinez
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Margaret McGlaun
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Lynn freudenberg
Sep 27, 2014 Colleen Carroll
Sep 27, 2014 dawn turner
Sep 27, 2014 Manuela Sabin-Liñares Dajani
Sep 27, 2014 lorna good
Sep 27, 2014 Bert Elliott
Sep 27, 2014 Cindy Lynch
Sep 27, 2014 Courtney Wall
Sep 27, 2014 gary fuerstenberg
Sep 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2014 Mark Aziz
Sep 26, 2014 lione r worton
Sep 26, 2014 Ann Mondee
Sep 26, 2014 sarah mcinnes
Sep 26, 2014 Mike Korn
Sep 26, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Sep 26, 2014 Claudia Perkins
Sep 26, 2014 Patricia Poole Please be compassionate. These Koala's are a unique group of wildlife. Do what is necessary to save these precious lives. All our wonderful wildlife is becoming extinct.
Sep 25, 2014 rochelle symss

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