Celina, who is an active member of animal rights organisation People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), sent bouquets and a card to commissioner of police Satyapal Singh and DCP Special Branch R.P. Sengaonkar who were instrumental in banning the use of the animals in the city, said a statement released here Thursday.
'Thank you for standing up for those who cannot speak for themselves', Celina wrote in the card.
Anuradha Sawhney, PETA India chief functionary, said: 'Humane people around the world are watching India's treatment of animals. We applaud the Pune officers for taking action and urge other officers to do so, too'.
The animals were forced to pull oversized loads or give joyrides on crowded streets.