04.06.2012 14.Siwan. 5772
Opponents fear for animals' health, mental well-being.
A plan to build 490 apartments near the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo received final approval last week, despite claims that the noise, lighting and pollution accompanying the project could harm the animals.
The National Housing Committee, which arose recently as part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to ease the housing shortage by expediting approval for construction, adopted the position of the zoo's chief veterinarian, who said the animals would be fine if certain steps were taken to reduce potential harm….