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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: 49,931
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

Jul 20, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Jul 19, 2017 Lynette Nielsen
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2017 Maja Passchier
Jul 17, 2017 Crystal Wilson
Jul 17, 2017 Linda Cypert
Jul 16, 2017 Sevasti Kaziales
Jul 16, 2017 Terra Detle-Jamieson
Jul 16, 2017 rachel love
Jul 16, 2017 Kayna Warren
Jul 16, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Jul 16, 2017 Jirina Truneckova
Jul 15, 2017 linda martens what is Australia without Koalas?....................a poorer country indeed......................
Jul 15, 2017 Maribel Garcia
Jul 15, 2017 Trudy Oldershaw
Jul 15, 2017 Sandra Thompson
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Penny Merican
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 robin white
Jul 14, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Jul 14, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 Lesley Wood Koalas are the face of Australia. Unthinkable that they are not appreciated and nurtured.
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 Judith King
Jul 12, 2017 Arrie Hammel Please save these wonderful, iconic creatures.
Jul 12, 2017 Helen Wright
Jul 12, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Jul 10, 2017 Tracey McManus
Jul 10, 2017 Lori Kegler
Jul 10, 2017 Isabelle Larmour
Jul 10, 2017 Linda Longworth
Jul 10, 2017 Carol Doud
Jul 10, 2017 Laura and Bill Congdon
Jul 9, 2017 Susan Smith
Jul 9, 2017 Carol Halberstadt
Jul 9, 2017 joette Balakoski
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes lets help and defend and protect all kinds and all types and all breeds of all animals against from all types and all kinds of animal cruelty and animal abuse these poor animals needs our help so people lets help these animals against these savages
Jul 9, 2017 Troy Hermes
Jul 9, 2017 Nanina Baldwin
Jul 9, 2017 Hollie Malamud
Jul 9, 2017 tammy bullock
Jul 9, 2017 Sarah Trostle
Jul 9, 2017 Simone Grant
Jul 8, 2017 Helen Bamforth
Jul 8, 2017 Dìane van Weelie
Jul 8, 2017 chiara fumi
Jul 7, 2017 Holly Bine Please help save the koalas. They need habitat and health care. Chlamydia is causing infertility and between that and the habitat loss they will go extinct in the wild. They deserve protection and all the help they can get. Please take action now!
Jul 7, 2017 JosefineAnne Gobreville

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