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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


Oct 17, 2017 Elise Caplan
Oct 16, 2017 Susan Oldershaw
Oct 15, 2017 Etresia Diedericks
Oct 15, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Terri Lynch
Oct 13, 2017 Cynthia Pealo
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 Haley Svec
Oct 11, 2017 Holly Martinell
Oct 11, 2017 Gail G
Oct 11, 2017 Jennifer Breitigan
Oct 10, 2017 Roberta Cahill
Oct 10, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Oct 6, 2017 Sue Pankhurst
Oct 5, 2017 Candi Gibson-Rogers
Oct 5, 2017 Leslie Ashby
Oct 5, 2017 Sandra Davis
Oct 5, 2017 S Dimitrova
Oct 4, 2017 Julie Bayes
Oct 4, 2017 s c We need to find a solution to protect all our koalas and as the petition says please elevate koalas to the endangered status and do whatever is needed to protect them ?
Oct 4, 2017 Linda K Reed
Oct 4, 2017 Ayse Ozen
Oct 4, 2017 Sheila Massoni
Oct 4, 2017 deborah hastings
Oct 4, 2017 David ortiz
Oct 3, 2017 Angelique de quillettes
Oct 3, 2017 K Moore
Oct 3, 2017 Ankita Jain
Oct 2, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 2, 2017 Joyce Beaini
Oct 2, 2017 lee Graham
Oct 2, 2017 katie smith
Oct 2, 2017 Alice Gem
Sep 30, 2017 Phil Wilson
Sep 30, 2017 Jolene Pope
Sep 29, 2017 doris gonen
Sep 29, 2017 Nancy Dillard
Sep 29, 2017 Tatiana Shelenga
Sep 28, 2017 maria carranza
Sep 28, 2017 Lynda Callista
Sep 28, 2017 Liz Pope
Sep 28, 2017 Mary Fox
Sep 27, 2017 valdyne viers
Sep 27, 2017 amrita biswas
Sep 26, 2017 Naomi Martin
Sep 26, 2017 Tamara Van Voorst
Sep 26, 2017 Susana Mirazón
Sep 26, 2017 Jo Mosley

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