The widow of the Ohio man who killed himself after freeing his dozens of exotic animals, including Bengal tigers and lions, wants the surviving six animals—three leopards, two monkeys and a bear—back. However, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has quarantined them at the Columbus Zoo, preventing Marian Thompson taking them. The Columbus Dispatch reports, "The quarantine order is in effect indefinitely, but Thompson can appeal and get a hearing in 30 days, , according to the order. Agriculture Director James Zehringer issued the quarantine order, signed by a veterinarian, specifying the reason for the quarantine as the possibility of 'dangerous contagious or infectious disease,' including the herpes B virus."

Last week, Terry Thompson freed his 56 exotic animals from the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio, and then shot himself. Authorities received calls of the animals in the farmland and ended up killing 48 of them; two monkeys were eaten by the big cats. Animal advocates criticized Ohio for having lax regulations regarding exotic animals—in Ohio, if you're not showing them for profit, the government doesn't have any oversight of the lions and tigers and bears in your possession. Ohio governor John Kasich signed an emergency order after the tragedy, but animal rights advocates point out it doesn't ban the sale or acquisition of exotic animals. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said:

"While it’s obvious that Governor John Kasich is concerned about the horrible events that unfolded in Zanesville, the emergency order he signed today is inadequate and sidesteps the central problems created by the exotic animal trade in Ohio.

"The Humane Society of the United States agrees with him that the legislature should enact a statute that addresses the problem, but in the interim, we need an executive order that bans the sale and acquisition of dangerous wild animals as pets or roadside attractions. Our legal analysis demonstrates it’s clearly within his authority to take more comprehensive action as a bridge to protect people and animals until the legislature acts.

"No private citizen should keep big cats, bears or primates as pets or as roadside attractions. It’s too dangerous for the community, it’s inhumane for the animals, and it’s too costly for the state to regulate."