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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

Mar 27, 2017 Kimberly Bohannon
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Mar 26, 2017 Amy Sharpe
Mar 25, 2017 JANEL COHEN
Mar 25, 2017 Diana Moore
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Mar 24, 2017 Michelle Malaspino
Mar 24, 2017 Zoe A
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Carolyn Beck
Mar 24, 2017 Danielle Hamby
Mar 23, 2017 Mary Tuttle
Mar 23, 2017 jude lotz
Mar 23, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Mar 23, 2017 Sarah Mac Crossan
Mar 23, 2017 Jenna Wilson
Mar 23, 2017 Elizabeth King
Mar 23, 2017 Tanya Rodriguez
Mar 23, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Mar 22, 2017 Catherine C Evans
Mar 22, 2017 Buford Staton
Mar 22, 2017 G.T. Taylor
Mar 21, 2017 Paul Dormer
Mar 20, 2017 Roger Williams
Mar 20, 2017 Fred Coppotelli
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 19, 2017 Amber Lopez
Mar 19, 2017 Tina Warden
Mar 17, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Mar 17, 2017 Liza Englander
Mar 16, 2017 Rebecca Wright-Hyde
Mar 16, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 P Plunkett
Mar 15, 2017 Paula Mesropian
Mar 15, 2017 jewell batway
Mar 15, 2017 Angela Tune
Mar 15, 2017 Regina Toledo
Mar 15, 2017 Deborah Summerville
Mar 15, 2017 Robert Burns
Mar 14, 2017 Barb Breese
Mar 14, 2017 Sherry Zimmerman
Mar 14, 2017 Lisenka Wolfenstein
Mar 14, 2017 TONI King
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Mar 13, 2017 Virginia FRICK
Mar 13, 2017 Beatriz Zebadua

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