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Two members of the animal welfare committee of Yum Brands Inc, KFC's parent company, resigned after being asked to sign a confidentiality agreement which would have required them to refer all media inquiries to KFC's corporate headquarters. Over the last three years Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University and Dr. Ian Duncan of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have advised KFC on improving animal welfare standards. Both objected to the proposed agreement as amounting to censorship. "I feel very strongly that I can talk freely to the press about how the program's working, what's been going on with the program," Grandin told Reuters. Duncan said that his reading of the agreement was that "If someone phoned me up and said 'You are on the KFC animal welfare committee,' I was bound to say 'No comment'."