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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. Greg Hunt, MP:

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

Feb 6, 2016 Martina Grosse
Feb 6, 2016 Mrtina Grimova
Feb 6, 2016 Herb Lowrance No creature deserves extinction
Feb 6, 2016 Meray Dedeci
Feb 6, 2016 cindy mayer
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2016 Florence Montague
Feb 5, 2016 Judith Beattie
Feb 5, 2016 April Miller
Feb 5, 2016 Nicholas Heyd Please help us in assisting the koalas!
Feb 5, 2016 reza buan
Feb 5, 2016 Barbara Brown
Feb 5, 2016 Theresa Todd
Feb 4, 2016 Maria Vitória Magri
Feb 4, 2016 Charlene Tarnalicki
Feb 4, 2016 Sandra Varhol
Feb 4, 2016 Devon Crane
Feb 3, 2016 Laurie Fisher
Feb 3, 2016 Robin Hallford PLEASE HELP STOP THE EXTINCTION of this WONDERFULLY SWEET creature that God created to be CARE FOR BY MAN ! ! ! THANK YOU ! ! ! ! !
Feb 3, 2016 Paul Lopez
Feb 3, 2016 Marta Sherbring
Feb 3, 2016 Brigitte Eibisberger
Feb 3, 2016 Christine Hlushtchyk Please save koalas - they cannot become extinct!
Feb 3, 2016 Jessica Robinson
Feb 3, 2016 Michael Hiermer
Feb 3, 2016 Joseph Herrmann
Feb 3, 2016 tara mccullick
Feb 3, 2016 Gunnar Lien
Feb 3, 2016 margarita blair
Feb 3, 2016 Linda L.-Schaeffer
Feb 2, 2016 Lynne Johnson
Feb 1, 2016 Andrew Weprin
Feb 1, 2016 Anna Dougall
Feb 1, 2016 Krissi Mccullough
Jan 31, 2016 Adelaide Monteiro Save them,please. Before is too late.
Jan 31, 2016 bruno silvestri
Jan 31, 2016 Erin Johnson
Jan 31, 2016 jean ricco
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 Elise Lobdell
Jan 29, 2016 Karen Gillum
Jan 29, 2016 stephany chan
Jan 29, 2016 Deborah Reeves
Jan 29, 2016 adam bergeron
Jan 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2016 Jeanette Swart
Jan 28, 2016 Sari McConnell
Jan 28, 2016 April Eversole
Jan 28, 2016 Catherine Ruggeri

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