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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 27, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2017 Karen Moore
May 25, 2017 Julie Hansen
May 25, 2017 Lou Iannucci
May 24, 2017 Melinda Norman
May 24, 2017 Cheryl Vivian
May 23, 2017 Carol Holler
May 23, 2017 Roberto Medeiros
May 23, 2017 monica lane
May 23, 2017 Bob Bellamy
May 23, 2017 Hilde Saeys
May 23, 2017 Bonita Berline Please do not let this happen. We are smart. There is a solution. Please.
May 22, 2017 Marilyn Logan
May 21, 2017 Tina Quinones
May 21, 2017 Lorraine Clemens
May 20, 2017 susan miller
May 20, 2017 Kim Bingaman
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Michelle Dumar
May 18, 2017 Cher Hester
May 18, 2017 Mercedes Montes
May 18, 2017 Frank Florio
May 18, 2017 Andrea Harrison
May 17, 2017 LIsa Hearn
May 16, 2017 Evelyn Cuevas
May 16, 2017 Alanna Maurina
May 16, 2017 Cassi Redmond
May 16, 2017 Laura Altman
May 16, 2017 Maria Santiago
May 16, 2017 Shannon Holmes
May 16, 2017 Birgit Rakow
May 16, 2017 Cynthia Bishop
May 16, 2017 Julie Craig
May 16, 2017 veronica araujo
May 16, 2017 Fabian Müller
May 16, 2017 Marlene Clausen
May 16, 2017 Lou Iannucci
May 16, 2017 lisa starzi
May 15, 2017 Justine WONT KNOW
May 15, 2017 Elena Burankova
May 15, 2017 Kristine Kriner
May 14, 2017 Lou Iannucci
May 14, 2017 Myia Wilkerson
May 13, 2017 Paola Venezia
May 12, 2017 Theresa Meade
May 12, 2017 Kimberly Nicholson
May 11, 2017 Kathia Reyna
May 10, 2017 Angela Strafkos EXTINCTION is NOT an OPTION

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