The speaker of this essay further reveals his bias against Catholics when he discusses the fact that so many are seen to be begging on the streets of Ireland as a result of their parents' inability to support such large families. He continues,
But my intention is very far from being confined to provide only for the children of professed beggars; it is of a much greater extent, and shall take in the whole number of infants at a certain age who are born of parents in effect as little able to support them as those who demand our charity in the streets.
He feels that Catholic parents have families that are too numerous—so numerous, in fact, that the parents are unable to support them even when the parents are not beggars. He even goes so far as to compare Catholic children to animals, as though mothers give birth to litters and both mother and offspring are valuable in the same way that livestock are. To this end, the narrator says,
I rather recommend buying the children alive, and dressing them hot from the knife, as we do roasting pigs.
For him, the Catholics and the pigs are so similar as to warrant such a comparison of how to best prepare their "meat."