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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 16, 2018 Catherine Hertfelder
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 15, 2018 Alana Hendrickson
Aug 14, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Aug 14, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Aug 14, 2018 Janet Geiler
Aug 14, 2018 Lori Bryant
Aug 13, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Ursula Bayer
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 kenneth Davies
Aug 13, 2018 Donna Holinej
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 4, 2018 Sisko Jyrälä
Aug 4, 2018 Linda Rankl
Aug 3, 2018 julie Alicea
Aug 3, 2018 Antoinette Gonzales
Aug 3, 2018 Sylvia Coburn
Aug 3, 2018 VICTORIA hALL
Aug 2, 2018 Ann Ohme
Aug 2, 2018 Outi Tanskanen
Aug 2, 2018 Sunny Marling
Aug 2, 2018 Lori Colon
Aug 2, 2018 Gail Canzius
Aug 2, 2018 Pamela Clark
Aug 2, 2018 Helen Torosian
Aug 2, 2018 Jean Diamond
Aug 2, 2018 Jennifer Reimer
Aug 2, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Aug 1, 2018 Janice Powers
Aug 1, 2018 Patrizia Cordoni
Jul 31, 2018 Deborah Kerns
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Jul 31, 2018 Sheila DeLucia
Jul 30, 2018 Brenda Cunningham
Jul 30, 2018 Staci Sherwood
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 29, 2018 Christian KIEFFER
Jul 28, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 26, 2018 Brianna Anepete
Jul 22, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jul 21, 2018 Ken Wenzer
Jul 20, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck

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