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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

Mar 21, 2018 M Lopez
Mar 20, 2018 Mary Pielstick
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 Kristen Tice
Mar 19, 2018 Gianina Graham
Mar 19, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 19, 2018 claudine gillard
Mar 19, 2018 Elba Bond
Mar 19, 2018 Linda Cook
Mar 18, 2018 Yvonne Tota
Mar 18, 2018 Ana Suarez
Mar 17, 2018 Lesley Adamson Koalas are suffering from their habitat loss. Please help to keep them alive and healthy.
Mar 17, 2018 Regena Srackangast
Mar 17, 2018 FRED KAHN
Mar 17, 2018 Isabel Sobral
Mar 17, 2018 Brent Pennell
Mar 16, 2018 Stacey Crook
Mar 16, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 15, 2018 Krystina Boyle
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Patricia Giannascoli
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Barbara Mayer
Mar 15, 2018 Isela Gonzalez
Mar 15, 2018 Lorri MacQueen
Mar 13, 2018 Maria Staffieri
Mar 13, 2018 Laura Page Yes please help the Koalas.
Mar 13, 2018 irene riviere
Mar 13, 2018 Alexandra DUCROZET
Mar 12, 2018 michelle dorado
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Edeltraut Renk
Mar 11, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 10, 2018 Andrea Howard
Mar 10, 2018 Alicia Orr
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Jim Spooner
Mar 10, 2018 Victoria Salter
Mar 9, 2018 Heather Davis
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 Sam Mcfadzean
Mar 9, 2018 Sandy Gill
Mar 9, 2018 Peter Hawkins
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2018 Deborah Murphy
Mar 8, 2018 Angela Jones
Mar 8, 2018 Miriam Navarro
Mar 8, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 8, 2018 de car

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