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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


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Feb 11, 2016 Linda Phelan
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Feb 11, 2016 Germana Agosteo
Feb 11, 2016 Antoinette Rainoldi
Feb 11, 2016 Brian Walton
Feb 11, 2016 Mary Somers
Feb 11, 2016 Fausta Maria Rigo
Feb 11, 2016 Alexandra Bechter
Feb 11, 2016 ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑ ΒΛΑΧΟΥ
Feb 11, 2016 ELENA VATOUGIA
Feb 11, 2016 julie folley
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Feb 10, 2016 Deby Canon
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Feb 10, 2016 Natalia Papelova
Feb 10, 2016 Consuelo Serena Velasco
Feb 10, 2016 Ximena Suarez Lopez
Feb 10, 2016 Sarika Arora
Feb 10, 2016 Cinzia Amiconi
Feb 10, 2016 Fournier Fernande
Feb 10, 2016 Christian Wegenschimmel
Feb 10, 2016 Doreen Brissette
Feb 10, 2016 Tina Petereit
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Feb 10, 2016 Jeffrey Simms
Feb 10, 2016 Lynda Robinson
Feb 10, 2016 karen schupp
Feb 10, 2016 Lesley Norris
Feb 10, 2016 Karen Rubino
Feb 10, 2016 Dorothy Hann
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Feb 9, 2016 Ruth Fichtner Mag. Dr.
Feb 8, 2016 Aura moscoso
Feb 8, 2016 Danny Chan
Feb 8, 2016 Lineh Derderian
Feb 8, 2016 linda palm
Feb 7, 2016 N De lely
Feb 7, 2016 kathy o'malley-schmidt
Feb 7, 2016 Margherita Pinto
Feb 7, 2016 Charel Franzen
Feb 7, 2016 Mark Van den Eynde
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 7, 2016 Bev Conn
Feb 6, 2016 Martina Grosse
Feb 6, 2016 Mrtina Grimova
Feb 6, 2016 Herb Lowrance No creature deserves extinction
Feb 6, 2016 Meray Dedeci
Feb 6, 2016 cindy mayer

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