A lot of city folk have been wondering why we can't just eat the Canada geese that are being slaughtered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's 290 birds to waste, and 170,000+ to go, after all. CityRoom reports that the bird tastes like a dark, tender cut of smoked chicken—and they know this because in other states the planned killings do end up as dinner.

In Pennsylvania there's been 900 pounds of Canada goose meat served at food pantries this year alone; Maryland and Oregon also use the birds for food rather than burying them in a mass grave after the government's gassed them.

So why aren't we following the leads of other states? That's exactly what the other states seem to be wondering, but Farrell Sklerov, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, says there's no way of testing the geese for toxins, and no way of knowing how to best process the meat. New York allegedly doesn’t have “sufficient guidelines that pertain to the oversight of the safe preparation or donation of geese to food pantries or soup kitchens.” Another source told them that city and state officials have waited six years (and counting) for the New York State Department of Health to report on the safety of New York bird meat.

If the city does ever decide to serve the meat up at soup kitchens, expect a backlash. Patrick Kwan of the Humane Society of the U.S. says that in doing so, "they are trying to do is make an unnecessary act seem charitable."