Often when we hear that a city is planning a round-up and slaughter of Canada geese, community leaders are quick to inform us that they plan to donate the meat from the slaughtered geese to food banks. Saying this appears to appease many people who might otherwise be opposed to the round-up and slaughter. However, does this really happen?
There is very little information available on reported contaminated goose meat because the cost of testing and processing the goose meat for donation to food banks comes out of the community's budget, i.e. taxpayers pocket. Rather than incur an unnecessary added expense, most community leaders chose to have the geese buried in a landfill.
Canada geese ingest a variety of chemical toxins which are prevalent in the environment. These toxins are absorbed in the birds' tissue. The problem with eating goose meat is not what is known but what is unknown. The following considerations should be taken seriously when goose meat is donated to food banks.