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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


Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 15, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Feb 15, 2018 Matías Fuertes
Feb 14, 2018 Desiree Herrera
Feb 14, 2018 Christine Covindassamy
Feb 12, 2018 Brian Martin
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Just
Feb 7, 2018 Patrina Van Sky
Feb 3, 2018 Donna Tanner
Jan 30, 2018 Brenda choi
Jan 28, 2018 COLINDA KRAM
Jan 28, 2018 Glenn Odagawa
Jan 23, 2018 Sudeshna Ghosh
Jan 23, 2018 Sudeshna Ghosh
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 20, 2018 Amy Abrams
Jan 17, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Jan 14, 2018 Patricia E Anderson
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 graciela kries
Jan 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) :(
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Let them live
Dec 26, 2017 Sheila Pedraza They deserve to live
Dec 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) save thekoalas!
Dec 23, 2017 marge beck
Dec 21, 2017 Paul Valentine
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 19, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 15, 2017 Jamesena Bounds
Dec 13, 2017 Cecilia Tanaka
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 13, 2017 Marie Gerbaud
Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 11, 2017 Carol Painter
Dec 5, 2017 Robert Furem

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