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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: 50,000 Progress: 48,837
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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

Oct 1, 2016 Esmè Evans
Sep 30, 2016 Mary-Kay Jones
Sep 30, 2016 Tracey Dunlap
Sep 29, 2016 Kathy Garcia
Sep 28, 2016 Desiray Alarcon
Sep 28, 2016 Petra Jones
Sep 28, 2016 Lisa Randall
Sep 28, 2016 Dawn Cummins
Sep 28, 2016 Dr Robert Kirk
Sep 28, 2016 Ingeborg Perner
Sep 28, 2016 Lucy Kelly
Sep 28, 2016 monique ligat
Sep 28, 2016 laurie buys
Sep 27, 2016 Marion Hulen
Sep 27, 2016 Linda Sue Barnes Koalas are iconic animals for Australia. I can't even imagine coming to Australia and not seeing them. Please give them the protection they deserve.
Sep 27, 2016 Barbara Crane
Sep 27, 2016 jillian nelson
Sep 27, 2016 Ramona Isbell Please help these animals. They deserve it. Thank you.
Sep 27, 2016 carol gagnon
Sep 25, 2016 Mariela Brizuela
Sep 25, 2016 Jasmine Marquis
Sep 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2016 Sandra Leaper Please elevate koalas to endangered status.
Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 23, 2016 Rhea Osland
Sep 23, 2016 Patty Hart
Sep 23, 2016 christine mueller
Sep 23, 2016 Kathy Mora
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 diane calvert
Sep 23, 2016 ruth kapo
Sep 23, 2016 Alexandria Kieffaber
Sep 23, 2016 Janice McDaniel
Sep 22, 2016 SHAWN MACK
Sep 22, 2016 Matilda Aronson
Sep 22, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Sep 21, 2016 Cheryl Pendleton
Sep 20, 2016 Laura Zoldak
Sep 19, 2016 Joanne Zimbler
Sep 19, 2016 Patricia Sansom
Sep 19, 2016 JANICK SANSON
Sep 18, 2016 André Henrique Bacci
Sep 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 Marie Armandy
Sep 16, 2016 Sharon Jacobs-Salinas
Sep 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2016 monica reynolds
Sep 15, 2016 Laura LaFortune

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