"As with any president, it is essential that animal advocates pay close attention to the president's appointees to lead these federal agencies," Wells said. To lead the EPA, Trump is considering Myron Ebell, known skeptic of climate change, who is currently running the EPA working group on Trump's transition team. And for the secretary of the interior, he's considering an oil man, Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil.
"No matter one's political affiliation, animal and environmental advocates will need to watch these appointments and resulting federal policies closely," Wells said.
Here are some organizations that are fighting now - and will continue to fight - for animals and the planet.
"Given the threats we face, and specifically threats to the rule of law and the preservation of the environmental laws themselves, nonprofit advocacy groups are needed now more than ever," Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director for the Center for Biological Diversity, told The Dodo.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund
The ALDF fights to protect the lives of animals through the legal system, filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals.