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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 24, 2018 Jacqueline Cavallo
May 23, 2018 Shannah Tenner
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 22, 2018 Gail Hyde This is a must do! Not only are they adorable, but they are a huge tourist draw for Australia!
May 22, 2018 S Sinclaire
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 jen plishka
May 21, 2018 Terry Simmons Please continue the effort to cure the chlamydia to save the koala as it is treatable with antibiotics as volunteers help rehabilitate them.. With a vaccine nearing development, now is the time to act and bring the koala back from the brink of extinction.
May 21, 2018 Janet Clarke
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans
May 21, 2018 iza stawicka
May 21, 2018 Dawn Carter
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 ki paul
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Lisa Hayes
May 19, 2018 Melissa Hageman
May 19, 2018 Laura Waterworth
May 18, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Danielle Eshuis
May 18, 2018 Mani Sumal
May 18, 2018 Sherry Mills
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Sally Allen
May 18, 2018 Linda Walker
May 18, 2018 Amy Smardz
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Tiffany Challis
May 18, 2018 Julanne Nowak
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Amy Howard
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
May 17, 2018 Rodney Kolar
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 17, 2018 Tina Rhea
May 16, 2018 Penny Duke
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
May 15, 2018 Erica Munn
May 15, 2018 Monica La Marfa
May 15, 2018 Gail Lang
May 15, 2018 Leslie Wingerath
May 15, 2018 Carol McArdell
May 15, 2018 Sandy Norris
May 14, 2018 Liz Menges

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