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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


Nov 25, 2014 Rhonda Banks
Nov 24, 2014 Vicenza Harbert
Nov 24, 2014 maria kljuce
Nov 24, 2014 Jesse Hernandez
Nov 24, 2014 William Malloy
Nov 24, 2014 mary f kaufman
Nov 24, 2014 Monika Freiling
Nov 23, 2014 Magali McArthur
Nov 23, 2014 Renee Burkhead
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 23, 2014 marley mcdermott please Help
Nov 23, 2014 Chris Allen
Nov 23, 2014 Sterna Viljoen
Nov 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2014 Dulcie Camp
Nov 22, 2014 Tami Reeves
Nov 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 annette florence
Nov 22, 2014 Amy Wyatt
Nov 22, 2014 Florencia Ferrero Motta
Nov 22, 2014 Mindy Fogel
Nov 21, 2014 Esta Maltz
Nov 21, 2014 Shannon Null
Nov 21, 2014 Lynne Malone
Nov 21, 2014 Marisela Vega
Nov 21, 2014 Albert Valencia
Nov 21, 2014 Robin Bolter
Nov 21, 2014 emilie schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 Diane Williford
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2014 Theresa Bolima
Nov 20, 2014 Vicky Kammer
Nov 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2014 carla fuduli
Nov 20, 2014 Tatiana Musatova
Nov 20, 2014 Tracey Lawrance
Nov 19, 2014 Andrea Drault
Nov 19, 2014 Jennifer Zajicek
Nov 19, 2014 Carla Presnell
Nov 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2014 Anna Tolmacheva
Nov 19, 2014 Susanne Primer
Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Edwards
Nov 18, 2014 Janice Loftus
Nov 18, 2014 L Harding
Nov 17, 2014 Lewis Weber
Nov 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2014 Kristy Frost
Nov 17, 2014 K. Brooks please do not let koalas go extinct. I would help by volunteering, but I live in north america. If funds are needed, please send an address so that I can help.
Nov 17, 2014 Catherine Bodnar

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