I have moved your thread here, as forum announcements was not the right place.
It is too early yet to say what 2017 will be like for animal welfare issues. A lot of progress was made in 2016, and one hopes that this will continue in 2017 (e.g. current proposals for banning of factory chicken production in the US and Canada).
It is also too early to say how the new USA president will react to animal welfare issues. In any case, please note that this forum is animal related and not political. Please do not make any comment which could be construed as trying to score political points. Commenting on animal legislation is OK, if the focus is just on that - but political arguments are out of place and will be deleted. We are a friendly community, interested in animals and their welfare.