Romania is preparing for the Presidential elections and one of members of a party posted a photo with that of the party president holding a cat (original in Romanian, the following quote was written in English):
(..) "I’m a simple person, I see cat, I vote." (..)
Some argued that this is a childish gesture, but intuitively this should help since it seems to be effective in marketing and advertising campaigns.
I thought of trying to find how pets are used in other countries political spheres.
I am curious if there is any study related to pets usage in European politics, let's say in the last 30 years.
Question: Is there any European politics study related to the effectiveness of pets usage in political campaigning?