Hypocrisy, and Obsessions With It
One of the common complaints against the animal rights movement is "hypocrisy".
These complaints fall into two categories:
Answers: 1a. The behavior of any individual should not influence our belief that causing unnecessary harm to
any sentient being is wrong. If a company no longer tests on animals, we support
them regardless of past sins.
2a. Hypocrisy means to give the impression, by words are deeds, that you are something you are not. It is not necessarily hypocritical, by definition, to tell someone else to behave a certain way, and then not do it yourself.
But if we try to understand what the critics are attempting to say, and use THEIR make-believe definition, there is still a problem with their critique: It is a critique of any human being with a moral code, and every person in any religion (I'm assuming that nobody is perfect). By THEIR definition, every Catholic who has been to confession should be labeled a hypocrite.
Obviously, the simple way to avoid this label is to not have any standards or moral code: Make it clear that you are going to be a self-centered, selfish being, not help any homeless person (since you can't help them all).
Is this non-hypocritical person a better human being?
2b. We don't tell (or expect) anyone to be perfect in their behavior toward animals (or humans). Nobody would pass this test. Therefore it is not hypocrisy if we are not perfect (for example: our credo says members need to be vegetarian, not vegan). We hope that folks will try their best not to cause unnecessary harm to anyone. We hope that folks will learn and care what goes on behind closed doors, and consider this in their behavior.