"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.
"The Animal Legal Defense Fund will continue fighting to expand protections for animals, and we will also fight hard to ensure that existing protections are not weakened or repealed," Wells said.
Born Free USA
Born Free USA works to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, protect wildlife and endangered species and support global conservation. Some of Born Free USA's current causes involve conservation of endangered species and supporting an end of captive tiger breeding for tourist attractions and selfies.
According to Born Free USA, we need to be asking some key questions about upcoming cabinet appointments. "Will the secretary of the interior support wildlife conservation or a free market approach to commercializing elephant ivory and rhino horn and lion trophies?" Roberts said. "Will the secretary of agriculture support a regulatory end to the breeding of captive tigers for photo opportunities or consider this a regulatory burden on small businesses?"