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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 15, 2017 julia porter They don't need to go extinct, were making them..what does that say about us. Human's need to go extinct.
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Laurence Volbart
Aug 15, 2017 sharmini sewpersad
Aug 14, 2017 Daria C. Norton
Aug 14, 2017 Lydia Lafferty
Aug 13, 2017 Leigha Henson Go vegetarian/vegan. You can end farm animal suffering as well as wild animal suffering because of global warming and deforestation. Also fishing causes much suffering and destruction. Google it.
Aug 12, 2017 Karina Huising
Aug 12, 2017 Catherine Kokkinakis
Aug 12, 2017 Nellie Baez
Aug 11, 2017 Robert Thomson
Aug 10, 2017 Karen Lutz
Aug 10, 2017 Chantal Eldridge
Aug 9, 2017 Russell Jackson
Aug 8, 2017 Ana Gonzalez-Alcivar
Aug 8, 2017 MANUEL ALCIVAR these creatures are so awesome hope we can keep them alive.
Aug 8, 2017 Adele Kirk
Aug 8, 2017 Kara Pomeroy
Aug 7, 2017 Bonnie LaRosa
Aug 7, 2017 Tammy Brown
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Jeannine de Baenst
Aug 6, 2017 Kristin Johnson
Aug 5, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Aug 5, 2017 agnes trivier
Aug 4, 2017 Mary Kay Siegel
Aug 4, 2017 Catherine D.
Aug 3, 2017 Jeff Hinshaw
Aug 3, 2017 Nora M. Edgeworth
Aug 3, 2017 J. Scott
Aug 3, 2017 Jose Manuel Bargueño
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2017 Rama Bharadwaj
Aug 3, 2017 Chantal Cumming
Aug 3, 2017 Lei Celsur
Aug 3, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Aug 3, 2017 Joyce Barringer
Aug 2, 2017 Liz Scherbak
Aug 2, 2017 Martine Smet
Aug 1, 2017 Anne Prost
Aug 1, 2017 sheila gilbert
Aug 1, 2017 julio montes
Aug 1, 2017 Michele Blaha
Jul 31, 2017 Elise Geradts
Jul 31, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Jul 31, 2017 Sally Wynn
Jul 29, 2017 Leslie Sherman
Jul 29, 2017 Gill Barlow

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