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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

Nov 25, 2015 Linda Hutchinson
Nov 25, 2015 Sherry Herman
Nov 24, 2015 Thea brown
Nov 24, 2015 Rhiannon Hiller
Nov 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2015 christina bergström
Nov 24, 2015 Michel Ernemann
Nov 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please act now for koalas
Nov 22, 2015 Heather Marshall
Nov 22, 2015 Mona Manera
Nov 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2015 Jessica Lawson
Nov 22, 2015 Evelyne Bourderioux
Nov 21, 2015 bev baggett
Nov 21, 2015 serge lebel
Nov 21, 2015 Fabrice Le Boedec
Nov 21, 2015 Stephen Penberthy
Nov 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2015 jennifer miller
Nov 21, 2015 robert bennett PROTECT THESE ANIMALS
Nov 21, 2015 tina mitchell
Nov 20, 2015 Maureen Fudger Australia, stop wiping out your native animals and HELP. AND STOP CULLING KANGAROOS.
Nov 20, 2015 POM POM This adorable plush, emblem of Australia, can not disappear! :'(
Nov 20, 2015 Evelyne Le Fellic
Nov 20, 2015 Rosa Pereira
Nov 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2015 Victoria DiPego
Nov 19, 2015 Sue Green
Nov 19, 2015 Marie Maciel
Nov 19, 2015 Dawn Templer
Nov 19, 2015 Ronald Tanguy
Nov 19, 2015 Maria Rimbau
Nov 19, 2015 Melissa Green
Nov 18, 2015 Florence Lee
Nov 18, 2015 Lisa Spencer
Nov 18, 2015 Kirsty Turner
Nov 18, 2015 Joanne Stabile
Nov 18, 2015 Jessica Whitehead
Nov 18, 2015 Kim March
Nov 17, 2015 Maja Lacković
Nov 17, 2015 Els Bol
Nov 16, 2015 Carla Bond
Nov 16, 2015 Kendra Baughn
Nov 16, 2015 Linda Honadel They are such beautiful creatures, don't let them die out!
Nov 16, 2015 Rebecca Johnson
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 15, 2015 sagarika gupta
Nov 15, 2015 Ella Corn

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