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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

Jan 16, 2017 Katka Oelmann
Jan 16, 2017 mandi T
Jan 16, 2017 Victoria Blackburn
Jan 16, 2017 Charmaine O'Neill Safe koala corridors need to be provided immediately. Whilst travelling at night in northern NSW a couple of days ago koalas were crawling beside the highway. It was pouring rain and the recommended speed on that stretch of road is 100km. Sth of Ballina
Jan 16, 2017 Rhonda Carr
Jan 16, 2017 Allen Olson
Jan 16, 2017 Patrick Donovan
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 mark stewart
Jan 16, 2017 Leigh Saunders
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 Mel Green
Jan 16, 2017 Alba Chamorro
Jan 16, 2017 Stella Gambardella
Jan 16, 2017 Carol Bischoff
Jan 16, 2017 Terrie Williams
Jan 16, 2017 Stephen Landry
Jan 16, 2017 Heather Low
Jan 16, 2017 Erika Czelenk
Jan 16, 2017 Ed Vieira
Jan 16, 2017 Joan Walker
Jan 16, 2017 Candace Gledhill
Jan 16, 2017 Kalliope M.
Jan 16, 2017 Jess B
Jan 16, 2017 Kerstin Strobl
Jan 16, 2017 Inge Bjorkman
Jan 16, 2017 Mauveen Lambert
Jan 15, 2017 PT Wong
Jan 15, 2017 Ljiljana Milic
Jan 15, 2017 Nico Sandman
Jan 14, 2017 susan richardson
Jan 14, 2017 Lise Nguyen-Owen
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2017 Marion Kreuscher
Jan 13, 2017 Ray Morris
Jan 13, 2017 Karen DeCamillis
Jan 13, 2017 Susan Spangler
Jan 13, 2017 Madeline Loder
Jan 13, 2017 Anna Brockway
Jan 13, 2017 Martha Milne
Jan 13, 2017 Margaret Mitchell
Jan 13, 2017 Thao Vu
Jan 13, 2017 Autumn Severit
Jan 12, 2017 michelle DALY Koalas here in Qld are in decline. Just this week we are trying to find and get help to 2 koalas who clearly have advanced chlamydia, here in a rural area to the west of Gympie in regional Qld. On the ground there is little protection of their habitat.
Jan 12, 2017 Marie Santoro
Jan 12, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Jan 12, 2017 Emma Freeman
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 Ruth O'Brien
Jan 11, 2017 Biyanka Pencheva

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