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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: 48,966
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

Oct 28, 2016 Linda Law
Oct 28, 2016 robin scherr
Oct 27, 2016 Tammy Elliott
Oct 27, 2016 K Mackenzie Will this government really sit on its hands while koala numbers continue to plummet in the wild? That's some legacy to be remembered by...
Oct 27, 2016 Karen Heisler
Oct 27, 2016 Alison Ranshaw
Oct 27, 2016 Terry Keck
Oct 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2016 Mark Bonaparte
Oct 26, 2016 Eileen Moceri
Oct 26, 2016 Carol Polak
Oct 26, 2016 maria arostegui
Oct 26, 2016 Kim Singer
Oct 26, 2016 Margy Renner
Oct 25, 2016 Sai Brace
Oct 25, 2016 Sonia Haegens Please bring visibility to this problem!
Oct 25, 2016 Evan Chueng Pls give the due attention to the plight of trhe koalas and wildlife. Stop forest degradation now!
Oct 25, 2016 Brittany Smeed
Oct 25, 2016 Tanya Klassen
Oct 25, 2016 Meredith Stanton
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed) I strongly support the government listing the Koala as an endangered species so as to further protect this highly vulnerable animal.
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed) It's time for the federal government to take serious action and list the koala as an ENDANGERED species. I fully support this action.
Oct 25, 2016 Jacqueline Puz
Oct 25, 2016 Barry Bloor Please do everything you can to save koalas - they are all but extinct around Coffs Harbour through Council, logging & developers indifference and greed. Ask your soul this: would the world be a better place without koalas?
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed) The main reason I went to Australia on vacation was a lifelong obsession with koalas. I guess I just thought Australia had their shit together better than this when it came to their land and wildlife. You are going the way of the US, not a good thing.
Oct 25, 2016 Jennifer Putting We need to protect the Koalas they can't talk for themselves. Why would anyone want to kill such a cute animal.
Oct 25, 2016 Stacey Tegtmeier
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed) We have to do something, now before it is too late, tourists come here to see these little guys, not us or our shopping Malls, not our beaches or Architecture. Tourists come here to see our unique animals.
Oct 25, 2016 Michelle Fatur
Oct 25, 2016 joanne mcfarland
Oct 25, 2016 Amanda Kent
Oct 24, 2016 Ben Watson
Oct 24, 2016 Yola IWANICKA Save koalas before it will be too late!
Oct 24, 2016 Zaiga Deist
Oct 24, 2016 Linda Howkins
Oct 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2016 Margaret Edwards Please take action NOW. Time is running out
Oct 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2016 (Name not displayed) They so need our help, I see more sick and injured then healthy these days.
Oct 24, 2016 Cindy Mok
Oct 24, 2016 Jazz Kardasz
Oct 24, 2016 Jarlath Reidy Stop the saughter, and stop pretending there's nothing you can do. Please.
Oct 24, 2016 Rhaine Clayton Save our koalas!
Oct 24, 2016 Kim Blake
Oct 24, 2016 Robert Sherwood Duffield Tourism icon
Oct 24, 2016 Tania Lukich Koalas need to be protected not killed and mistreated.
Oct 23, 2016 Lorraine Morris
Oct 23, 2016 Olga Faletova
Oct 23, 2016 S. Hosse

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