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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 5, 2016 Christine Henri
May 5, 2016 Margaret Reynoso
May 5, 2016 willis gravelle
May 5, 2016 shannon donaho
May 4, 2016 Sheryl Weeks
May 3, 2016 Jennifer Rider
May 3, 2016 joselynn heartburn why kill koalas they say they are vicious they r but only if u hurt them save koalas plz
May 3, 2016 Akiko Kimura
May 3, 2016 Olya Almazova
May 1, 2016 Geraldine Smith
May 1, 2016 Dale Sloat
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2016 Leslie Marlin
Apr 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2016 Magda Palmer Cordingley
Apr 29, 2016 audrey ellis
Apr 29, 2016 Sheila Tunnell I totally agree!!
Apr 29, 2016 Annette Benton
Apr 29, 2016 Juana Maria Garcia-Domenech
Apr 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2016 Katalin Kónya-Jakus
Apr 29, 2016 Connie Muniz
Apr 28, 2016 Gary Goetz
Apr 28, 2016 Valeria Santos
Apr 28, 2016 Nélia Camara
Apr 27, 2016 Mary Best Intervention is needed 2 keep future generations of koalas continuing &not becoming extinct.
Apr 27, 2016 sandy GONCAROVS
Apr 27, 2016 William Weaver
Apr 27, 2016 Tanja Lepikko
Apr 27, 2016 James Thrailkill
Apr 27, 2016 Jennifer Matheson
Apr 26, 2016 Annette Lapinski don't delay - please act today
Apr 26, 2016 Charlene Novak
Apr 26, 2016 Ann Finger
Apr 25, 2016 Jamie Dampier
Apr 25, 2016 Mark Warren
Apr 24, 2016 maylen ralloma
Apr 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Apr 23, 2016 Jesica Michael
Apr 23, 2016 catherine anderson
Apr 23, 2016 Mick McMahon
Apr 22, 2016 Carol Greenhill
Apr 22, 2016 Lisiane Souza
Apr 22, 2016 Lori Simpson Save the koalas!!
Apr 22, 2016 Sandra Petty They are way too precious to loose forever. Please protect them from extinction.
Apr 22, 2016 casey muhs

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