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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

Apr 22, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 22, 2018 Judy Ziegler
Apr 22, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 16, 2018 Linda Payne
Apr 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 15, 2018 Dianne Dungay
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Ani Tsultrim Wangmo
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Christine Kwiecinski
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 LaVonne Searle
Apr 14, 2018 Howard Lederman To the world, koalas are an important and positive part of Australia's public identity and image. I urge you to do everything you can to save these koalas.
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 13, 2018 Peter Fell
Apr 13, 2018 Marie Horan
Apr 13, 2018 fran doz
Apr 13, 2018 Jeannie Dinning
Apr 13, 2018 Shannon Leitner
Apr 13, 2018 Deborah Frescas
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Janice Andrews
Apr 13, 2018 D'Arcy Goodrich
Apr 13, 2018 Paolo Bitelli
Apr 13, 2018 faye munro
Apr 13, 2018 Tiffany Carder
Apr 13, 2018 CAROL BECK
Apr 13, 2018 Donna Campbell
Apr 11, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 11, 2018 Martina Giesen
Apr 10, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Apr 10, 2018 Jill Banta
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 M. Estella
Apr 9, 2018 Anna Stopka
Apr 9, 2018 Kathy Shimata
Apr 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2018 Alyssa Clemenzi
Apr 9, 2018 Diane Applin
Apr 9, 2018 Barbara Jacobs
Apr 9, 2018 Rebecca Mierke
Apr 9, 2018 sandra zontrop
Apr 9, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 9, 2018 Kulkanda Pokasem
Apr 8, 2018 Michael Stevenson
Apr 8, 2018 Christina Patrick
Apr 8, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell

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