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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: 42,165
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

Jul 12, 2014 Fiona Wright
Jul 12, 2014 Lorrie Harner
Jul 12, 2014 Denise Smith
Jul 12, 2014 Oliver Jordi
Jul 11, 2014 Annette Astin
Jul 11, 2014 Glynn Fletcher
Jul 11, 2014 Leilani Chua
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Emily Clarke
Jul 11, 2014 Verma Cagno
Jul 11, 2014 CHERYL HOUDE
Jul 11, 2014 Emily Moreno
Jul 11, 2014 kathleen molinari
Jul 11, 2014 Kelly Moore
Jul 11, 2014 Jana Williams Please make these Koalas an Urgent Priority! I Never Understand Why We Wait till the Last Minute, When it's Too Late to do Anything! We Need to Help the Koalas Now, before they Can No Longer Repopulate At All! Please Make this of the Utmost Importance!
Jul 11, 2014 Kelly Tadlock
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Stephanie Boemers
Jul 11, 2014 Deb McKinney
Jul 11, 2014 Kelli Lysz
Jul 11, 2014 Annita Oxford
Jul 11, 2014 Teddy Hummel
Jul 11, 2014 Paul Fortin
Jul 11, 2014 Kristi Lynn Grunow
Jul 11, 2014 katharine ffoulkes Please elevate koalas to endangered status to ensure their survivial
Jul 11, 2014 bryan kirshon i love koalas.
Jul 11, 2014 Sylvia Lynn Dillon Beach
Jul 11, 2014 Karolína Moravcová
Jul 11, 2014 Marcello Contini
Jul 11, 2014 Crystal Burrow
Jul 10, 2014 Diane Lawson
Jul 10, 2014 Donna Saylors
Jul 10, 2014 Tamara Matthews
Jul 10, 2014 Rachael Thomas
Jul 10, 2014 Karen Podrasky
Jul 10, 2014 Leia C.
Jul 9, 2014 Rhonda Best
Jul 9, 2014 MK Smith MD
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Jane Rhodus
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 meghan follansbee
Jul 9, 2014 Susan Faulkner
Jul 9, 2014 ANNA CLIFTON
Jul 9, 2014 Doris Bulenda
Jul 9, 2014 Martine Hans
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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