Katie Jarl works to pass animal welfare legislation at the state and local levels, coordinate disaster and rescue response for animals in need, and engage animal advocates on animal protection issues. In 2015, Jarl successfully passed legislation to make the state of Texas the first Gulf Coast state to ban the sell, trade and distribution of shark fins. She worked with the City of Austin to pass ordinances that ban the killing of deer and coyotes and also a ban on bullhooks used on elephants in the circus. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of the HSUS Media Relations department and worked closely with the animal fighting campaign to promote federal and state legislation. Jarl traveled with the HSUS rescue team to dozens of cities across the country to handle on-site media and assist with dogfighting, cockfighting and animal cruelty cases.