PLUS, the sparks from your ill (read perfectly) jetted bike will ignite the forest giving way to monumental flames of epic proportions in what Ontario will remember as the single most devastating event in recent history (short of the indigenous slayings). The fire will cause the deaths of thousands of black bears, chipmunks, the endangered Northern Cricket Frog and a multitude of flora and fauna.
Give me a break. VERY few wild animals die from wildfire. Yellowstone 1988, something like 1.5% of the population died in the huge fires they had. In an average hunting unit 16% of the population is killed by hunters per year. Plus, it's rarely the sparks coming out of your muffler, but rather the headpipe that starts a wildfire. I see that your argument was meant to be at least a little sardonic. But, being a guy that fights fire, and takes a lot of crap from the general public about the decisions of my agency, I like to dispell myths when I can.
As to the loud pipe deal, I'll agree with the idea that loud for the sake of loud is pretty stupid. That being said, I have a Factory 4.1 on my bike. Not real quiet. Went to the shop to buy a Q, cute girl behind the counter said she'd have to order one and charge me full price, or they had a 4.1 in stock that she'd give to me for $100 off retail. Not gonna lie, it hurts the ears a little. It did give my bike a pretty good boost in power.
The argument about loud pipes saving lives... if you're running a loud pipe on your 4 stroke, and a dude with a quiet bike gets near you, you aren't going to hear him over your bike. If I'm out with a buddy that's riding a two stroke or a quiet 4 stroke and I'm on my WR, I never hear their bike over my own. Yeah, other people can hear you, but you can't hear other people.