I was half way through watching this film with two grandchildren when it dawned on me that this was actually a powerful statement against bullfighting! The movie doesn't pull punches; bulls are killed in the bull ring, and unsuccessful bulls go to the meat works! As I think that bullfighting is abhorrent and cruel, I was delighted with this message, and with Ferdinand's refusal to fight, no matter what the provocation. A thought-provoking film. I will definitely watch it again.