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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

Jun 29, 2016 Pamela Mosher
Jun 28, 2016 Carlos Santana
Jun 27, 2016 Louise Lonsdale
Jun 26, 2016 Tracy Stepp
Jun 26, 2016 Maria Basilico
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 25, 2016 joan duggan
Jun 23, 2016 Alexander Yeung
Jun 23, 2016 Ranee Kohner
Jun 23, 2016 Zdenko Žunić
Jun 23, 2016 Cécile DRUX
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 jackie eskridge
Jun 22, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 22, 2016 Susan Wilson
Jun 22, 2016 Mark Turner
Jun 22, 2016 kim atrosh
Jun 22, 2016 Jennifer Orem
Jun 21, 2016 Kristi Hermanson
Jun 20, 2016 Irene & Bill Mauer
Jun 20, 2016 nancy siebert
Jun 20, 2016 L. Cadena
Jun 20, 2016 Tracy Kearnes
Jun 20, 2016 Rita Hammond
Jun 20, 2016 Joyce Griffee
Jun 19, 2016 Jane Kohan
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 18, 2016 Elena Fedotova
Jun 18, 2016 judith chilvers
Jun 18, 2016 Regina Ballensiefen
Jun 17, 2016 Ruth Morris
Jun 17, 2016 Donna Channen
Jun 17, 2016 Genoveva de Quiñonez
Jun 17, 2016 Colleen Corbin
Jun 17, 2016 April Staebler
Jun 17, 2016 Deborah Henthorne
Jun 17, 2016 Taylor Hill
Jun 17, 2016 Marie Soules
Jun 17, 2016 Gary Hill
Jun 17, 2016 Christine Cramp
Jun 17, 2016 Doc Davis
Jun 17, 2016 valerie fisher
Jun 17, 2016 Jessica Pynn
Jun 17, 2016 Beverly Taylor
Jun 17, 2016 Hope Bronner
Jun 17, 2016 Cecelia Ferrufino
Jun 17, 2016 Antonia Powell
Jun 17, 2016 Colleen Kelly

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