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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 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
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Kalliope M.
May 8, 2018 JOANNE PARIS
May 8, 2018 Sirikit Treiling
May 7, 2018 Gina Lippa
May 7, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
May 7, 2018 Gail Steinberg
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
May 3, 2018 Anais Cudel
Apr 29, 2018 Vivian Bartlett
Apr 28, 2018 Lynne Shriber
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2018 Marcia Richardson
Apr 23, 2018 Rita Willis

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