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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 20, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 20, 2017 Molly Stringham
Feb 20, 2017 Edward Brannigan
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 virginia skelton
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Katherine Jeffries
Feb 18, 2017 christine powell
Feb 17, 2017 Jan Clare
Feb 17, 2017 Simone Duffin
Feb 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 Sami Tuomisto Australian government Is total bullshit!!! Stop ruining Koala habitats and the support of the greedy developers now!!!!!
Feb 16, 2017 Tommy Rafter
Feb 16, 2017 Laura Arena
Feb 16, 2017 Darian Mark
Feb 16, 2017 Delilah Blount
Feb 16, 2017 leslie shellberg
Feb 16, 2017 Sue Thurman
Feb 16, 2017 Renee Jones
Feb 15, 2017 Chris Depee
Feb 15, 2017 Irma Gutierrez Please Save them
Feb 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2017 suzanne nadeau
Feb 15, 2017 STACEY O'BRIEN
Feb 15, 2017 Kim Warmington
Feb 14, 2017 Jennifer Johnson
Feb 14, 2017 Heidi Moschetti
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2017 Adele True
Feb 14, 2017 Ray Raymond
Feb 14, 2017 Christos Christias
Feb 12, 2017 Elizabeth Stillman
Feb 12, 2017 Myrtle Reynolds
Feb 12, 2017 michele rule
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2017 Susanne Eckert
Feb 12, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Feb 12, 2017 amelia vitale
Feb 11, 2017 Tristin Pollet
Feb 10, 2017 Khanada Azeleia
Feb 10, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2017 Lazara Gill
Feb 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2017 JoAnn Dunn
Feb 9, 2017 Lynn Carin

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