Ohio governor signing exotic-pet executive order

One of the lions killed during the 24 hunt for the escaped animals / Associated Press

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is signing an executive order pushing for a moratorium on exotic animal auctions and a crackdown on unlicensed auctions.

The governor announced the decision Friday, a few days after an owner of exotic pets in Ohio set dozens free this week and committed suicide.

Kasich had let an order cracking down on the ownership of exotic animals expire this spring, arguing it lacked legal authority.

Activists have complained that Ohio has some of the nation's laxest regulations on exotic pets.

Police were forced to shoot most of the animals freed this week to ensure public safety. They included tigers, bears and lions.