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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

Sep 23, 2016 Rhea Osland
Sep 23, 2016 Patty Hart
Sep 23, 2016 christine mueller
Sep 23, 2016 Kathy Mora
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 diane calvert
Sep 23, 2016 ruth kapo
Sep 23, 2016 Alexandria Kieffaber
Sep 23, 2016 Janice McDaniel
Sep 22, 2016 SHAWN MACK
Sep 22, 2016 Matilda Aronson
Sep 22, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Sep 21, 2016 Cheryl Pendleton
Sep 20, 2016 Laura Zoldak
Sep 19, 2016 Joanne Zimbler
Sep 19, 2016 Patricia Sansom
Sep 19, 2016 JANICK SANSON
Sep 18, 2016 André Henrique Bacci
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Sep 16, 2016 Marie Armandy
Sep 16, 2016 Sharon Jacobs-Salinas
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Sep 15, 2016 monica reynolds
Sep 15, 2016 Laura LaFortune
Sep 14, 2016 Dee Dee Neely
Sep 14, 2016 Virginia Kurtz
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Sep 14, 2016 Isabelle D agostino
Sep 13, 2016 Roberta Moore
Sep 13, 2016 Kathy Sparrow
Sep 13, 2016 Khort Esther Tatiana
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Sep 12, 2016 JESSICA Sade
Sep 12, 2016 Jennifer Shifflett
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 debra Goldstein Lustig
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva
Sep 11, 2016 Richard Svensson
Sep 11, 2016 Patricia Lewis
Sep 10, 2016 Alexandra Maran
Sep 9, 2016 Carol Schaffhausen
Sep 9, 2016 Dawn Smiddy
Sep 9, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 9, 2016 Maria Molina
Sep 8, 2016 Snazzy Jazzy Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them wherever they require it." — Francis of Assisi

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