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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

Aug 23, 2017 k l
Aug 22, 2017 Paola Moretti
Aug 22, 2017 Rachel Mascaro
Aug 21, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 21, 2017 Anne Bekkers
Aug 20, 2017 Mary Webb
Aug 20, 2017 Soledad Herrera
Aug 20, 2017 Jody Shone
Aug 20, 2017 Teri Clark
Aug 20, 2017 Laura Dalton
Aug 20, 2017 Melissa Bird
Aug 19, 2017 Julie Schwass
Aug 19, 2017 Annette Rankin We need to save our Koalas
Aug 19, 2017 Ute Kummer
Aug 19, 2017 Jeannette de Agnolo
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Sophia Lim
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 17, 2017 Joanne Martinez
Aug 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 17, 2017 Jordi Malgà
Aug 16, 2017 C. Scott
Aug 16, 2017 jessica decker
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 16, 2017 JANA BABER
Aug 16, 2017 Kristi Grosse
Aug 16, 2017 Steven Schueller
Aug 16, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Aug 16, 2017 ro soltani
Aug 16, 2017 Deanna Sotelo
Aug 16, 2017 Vanessa Zunn
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Michelle Veckerelli
Aug 16, 2017 nina rosa jacov
Aug 16, 2017 Angie LeMaster
Aug 16, 2017 Rosemarie DiFrancesco
Aug 16, 2017 Doreen Walter
Aug 15, 2017 julia porter They don't need to go extinct, were making them..what does that say about us. Human's need to go extinct.
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Laurence Volbart
Aug 15, 2017 sharmini sewpersad
Aug 14, 2017 Daria C. Norton
Aug 14, 2017 Lydia Lafferty
Aug 13, 2017 Leigha Henson Go vegetarian/vegan. You can end farm animal suffering as well as wild animal suffering because of global warming and deforestation. Also fishing causes much suffering and destruction. Google it.
Aug 12, 2017 Karina Huising
Aug 12, 2017 Catherine Kokkinakis
Aug 12, 2017 Nellie Baez

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