Workers immigrate from all over Europe, especially from countries with poor economies, to start a new life in countries such as The Netherlands, England, and Italy. Meat plants employ and have been taking advantage of such workers called “precarious workers”.

They are unable to work elsewhere due to the language barrier, and endure incredibly demanding and dangerous work while being drastically underpaid. These workers also have trouble comprehending all agreement contracts, to the advantage of the meat plants that are not held accountable of work injury, mistreatment, or other concerns that may presented.

Due to the rising demand of poultry, these slaughterhouses have utilized the migrant workforce, all while making profit. Perhaps the reason meat plants still have employees, especially immigrants, is the lack of other job opportunities.

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Though it is banned, European countries continue to export weapons to countries at war, due to the lack of regulation. Europe’s defense industry makes billions in profit from these sales while fueling conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

Without repercussion and regulation, it is a moral battle with government profit at stake. Should countries be responsible for destruction caused by weapons after they are sold to other countries? Can these European countries be recognized as accomplices?

Many anti-violence and peace organizations have protested and spoken out about this issue. However, perhaps even if European regulations become harsher, countries in need of defense will find other exporters.

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