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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.
Goal: 75,000 Progress: 50,125
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Sep 23, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Sep 23, 2017 Wendy Derner
Sep 23, 2017 валерия ланцова
Sep 23, 2017 Klaus Germann Dr.
Sep 22, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Sep 21, 2017 Yannick Vanaverbeke
Sep 20, 2017 Janice Taylor
Sep 20, 2017 Lois Guthrie
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 liz pisani
Sep 20, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Sep 19, 2017 Lynn Gaudette
Sep 18, 2017 Melinda Matheus
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Catherine D.
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 Jeannette remak You have used Koalas as your calling card to your nation for years. NOW try helping them!!
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik
Sep 13, 2017 Lisa Hammermeister
Sep 13, 2017 yvonne FOURGOUS
Sep 13, 2017 Robin Mayne
Sep 13, 2017 Spasenic Lacramioara
Sep 11, 2017 cali cheshelski
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham Ever since I was a kid I always wanted to see one and hold one, unfortunately Australia is far But watching them is great. They are so Adorable!
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Sep 7, 2017 Jill Osment
Sep 7, 2017 Margaret Iacangelo
Sep 7, 2017 Anne Marie Baese
Sep 6, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Dianna Brown
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 E N
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 5, 2017 Nancy Wein
Sep 5, 2017 Michelle Maisonave
Sep 2, 2017 Shelley-marie Poirier
Sep 1, 2017 harpreet suri
Aug 31, 2017 Monique Edwards
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Aug 31, 2017 Lou Iannucci

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