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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

Aug 30, 2016 Nina Domergue
Aug 30, 2016 Dick van Egmond
Aug 29, 2016 pat granger
Aug 29, 2016 Ariana Johns
Aug 29, 2016 Steve Conrad
Aug 29, 2016 L Wells
Aug 29, 2016 Shauna Smith
Aug 29, 2016 Karen Manske
Aug 28, 2016 Will Evans
Aug 28, 2016 Thomas Pintagro
Aug 28, 2016 ADELINE CHAN
Aug 28, 2016 Emily Willis
Aug 27, 2016 Valerie Bartel
Aug 27, 2016 Lola Cassi
Aug 26, 2016 Anne Postell
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Aug 26, 2016 Liberty Bishop
Aug 26, 2016 Quentin Fischer
Aug 24, 2016 Claudia Binfa
Aug 24, 2016 Pamela Lebowitz
Aug 24, 2016 Anne-Britt Ose Kaltun
Aug 24, 2016 Maria Elisa Sharples
Aug 24, 2016 Ad Lenders
Aug 23, 2016 Patricia Baptiste
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Aug 22, 2016 Foteini Horbou
Aug 22, 2016 Leslie Sullivan
Aug 22, 2016 Ines Swain
Aug 21, 2016 Robert Jenkins
Aug 21, 2016 Chris B
Aug 20, 2016 Deborah Jones
Aug 20, 2016 Marilyn Yeutsy
Aug 20, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 20, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 20, 2016 Jane Powell
Aug 19, 2016 Dave Wickizer
Aug 19, 2016 Armand D'Alessandro
Aug 19, 2016 Mary Jane Ludwig
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 19, 2016 Laura mendez velazquez
Aug 19, 2016 zoe kane
Aug 19, 2016 Sabine Alkier
Aug 18, 2016 Harriet Christiansen
Aug 18, 2016 John S. Majdan
Aug 18, 2016 Marion Krüger
Aug 18, 2016 C. Marie Hlushtchyk Please keep the koalas safe and protected.
Aug 17, 2016 Lisa Klein
Aug 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2016 Timothy Greer

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