(McClatchy Newspapers) The undercover investigator who secretly videotaped alleged animal abuses at a meat processing plant in California’s San Joaquin Valley could have been prosecuted for a crime for doing the same thing in Utah, potentially subject to a year in jail.

Since March, it’s been a misdemeanor there to videotape an agricultural operation without the owner’s approval.

And Utah isn’t alone in trying to shield farms from private investigators and prying media. Kansas, Iowa and North Dakota have all tightened access.

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