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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

May 22, 2016 Patricia Morgan
May 21, 2016 Carla Presnell
May 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2016 olivia bartley STOP ANIMAL CRUELITY
May 19, 2016 Terry Denham
May 19, 2016 Deborah Rollins
May 19, 2016 Laney Smith
May 19, 2016 sue johnson
May 19, 2016 Kiersten Swanson
May 19, 2016 Jeanette Harrison
May 19, 2016 Isabel Owen
May 19, 2016 Samantha Martinez
May 19, 2016 Isabelle Dupray I love Koalas so much so Please let them Live
May 19, 2016 Emira Galan
May 18, 2016 julie ellis
May 18, 2016 Yolanda Bernhard
May 18, 2016 Lisa Lucchetti
May 18, 2016 Linda Dockery
May 18, 2016 Terri OBlisk
May 17, 2016 Melinda Robbins
May 17, 2016 Lisa Bass
May 17, 2016 Joëlle Rambert
May 17, 2016 Melanie Irwin
May 17, 2016 Kat Gallagher
May 17, 2016 Suzi Drake
May 17, 2016 Aurora Fuentes
May 17, 2016 Cesar Delgado
May 16, 2016 Patricia Ryon SHAME ON U!
May 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2016 Carolina Cox
May 15, 2016 Patricia Garley
May 15, 2016 Rebecca Rodriguez
May 14, 2016 Leslie Perritt
May 14, 2016 Janet Grunke
May 14, 2016 Debra Yanko
May 14, 2016 Klod Binette
May 14, 2016 Leigh-Ann Carrington
May 13, 2016 aLeXX CooPeR
May 13, 2016 Jody Ruff
May 13, 2016 Katelyn Christensen
May 13, 2016 Debbie Brent
May 13, 2016 Greg Hunt
May 13, 2016 Cathy M Tonarelli
May 13, 2016 Martha Strother
May 12, 2016 sally maytham
May 12, 2016 Leisa corbin
May 11, 2016 Denise Cronin
May 11, 2016 Deborah Parker
May 11, 2016 Norma Peet

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