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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 23, 2016 S. Hosse
Oct 22, 2016 Donna Odonnell
Oct 22, 2016 Anthony Charles
Oct 21, 2016 Novani Munawar
Oct 21, 2016 Tina Brewster
Oct 21, 2016 Glenda Steinley
Oct 20, 2016 Deanna Clifford
Oct 20, 2016 An Feug
Oct 20, 2016 Jennifer Thord-Gray
Oct 19, 2016 M Lerman
Oct 19, 2016 Debi Hertel
Oct 19, 2016 Jessica Hillan
Oct 19, 2016 Ertie Evangelista
Oct 19, 2016 SALI EVANS
Oct 19, 2016 Aleksandra Vucic
Oct 19, 2016 Eileen Zichichi
Oct 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2016 Melanie Clesi
Oct 19, 2016 Diane Trelenberg Please protect these creatures, and help ensure the development of a vaccine for chlamydia for their survival! We love them!
Oct 19, 2016 kristin sullivan
Oct 18, 2016 Bernadette O'Maoileidigh
Oct 18, 2016 trudi selner
Oct 17, 2016 natasha liff
Oct 17, 2016 Linda Groff
Oct 17, 2016 Wendy Lukowitz
Oct 17, 2016 Marie Bernier
Oct 17, 2016 Marsha Croner
Oct 16, 2016 Jaqualine Rowe
Oct 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2016 Danuta Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 Agnieszka Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 jean tsucalas
Oct 16, 2016 Carla Strik
Oct 15, 2016 Lyn Huston
Oct 14, 2016 Donna Smith
Oct 14, 2016 Laudiceia Fonseca
Oct 14, 2016 Agnes Hetzel
Oct 14, 2016 Sharon Keller
Oct 14, 2016 Ienci Alexandra
Oct 14, 2016 Jolanda Soethaert
Oct 13, 2016 elaina duclos
Oct 13, 2016 Micheline Bochet
Oct 12, 2016 Roula Fl
Oct 12, 2016 Deb Giles
Oct 12, 2016 Debbie Lamm
Oct 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2016 alexa molnar
Oct 11, 2016 Linda Cummings

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