Our Cat Pumpkin for 2006 points to a Legally Protected Species
HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2006. In ancient Egypt, cats enjoyed special protection.
In the modern world
cats are protected by special laws in many jurisdictions.
A good place to begin a study and/or appreciation of this topic
is Stephen Young’s article
The Domestic Cat and the Law: A Guide to Available Resources
For a general view of the protection of all animals by law
see The Humane Society of the United States